I think the gearbox issue was fake also, just to LET Webber win, but what do I know, I do know that holding second place that long with mechanical problems is highly unlikely. Anyway Vettel has nothing left to prove, he's already done it all! Amazing driver he is, how'd he do in a red car??? Is Alonso really even trying or are our cars that slow? Next year, I can hardly wait! Forza Ferrari!
Yes, Vettel had nothing to prove, and Mark Webber was without a podium win, so it made sense as a team to let him through, but without the hokey gearbox issue.
I'd like to see Vettel drive in traffic more often. It was like watching Tiger Woods in his heyday- so far ahead of the pack, that you wondered who would place second. With Vettel way out in front with clean air and no traffic, he definitely had a great car.
Alonso as well as Massa were both trying hard. In fact, in Brazil there was nothing Alonso could do to hold Jenson Button back. Jenson had DRS going wide open, but Alonso couldn't use his. It was still a good struggle for Jenson to pass Fernando, and he didn't get past easily.
Both Ferrari drivers have slower cars than RBR and McLaren, and Ferrari knows it. Ferrari promises faster cars for both drivers next year. As for Massa, he got shafted by becoming the guinea pig for tires, wings, and engines. Massa would be told to pit and take on soft or super soft tires just to see if Alonso should have them. If it turned out to be the wrong strategy, Alonso would pit and get mediums or hards. So unfair to a number 2 driver, but helps the team and Massa is a team player. Also, Hamilton kept crashing into Massa and keeping Felipe from finishing a race. Only the last crash was considered Massa's fault by the stewards. Some people don't watch the races and only look at the results with no podium place by Massa. After next season's over, he'll be replaced. Vettel has talked about every driver wanting to race for Ferrari, and he has no Manager (manages himself) so that may happen someday.