Alonso claims that he turned down several Red Bull offers 21 January, 2013 Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko is bitter because he was turned down several times, Fernando Alonso has claimed. Following Red Bull and Ferrari’s 2012 title battle, a verbal spat broke out between Spaniard Alonso and Austrian Marko, who is right-hand man to Red Bull team owner Dietrich Mateschitz. Marko claimed that while world champion Sebastian Vettel is fully focused, Alonso is too “busy with politics and funny comments”. Alonso retorted: “Some [people] say they don’t read [Alonso’s comment]), don’t hear them and don’t see them, before adding that they are not influenced by them – so clearly they do read them, maybe at night.” Now, the feisty 31-year-old Ferrari driver has hinted that Marko is bitter because of how many times he rejected Red Bull’s interest in his highly-rated services. “After hearing “no” several times, it always hurts a little more each time,” Alonso is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Reports on GrandPrix247.com by: staff & contributors, Reuters syndication, GMM service, Formula 1 teams, sponsors & organisations.