Let's use Vettel as an example (a guy I don't like) and Webbo (a guy that was always one of my favorites) to remove any suspicions of cheap Alonso fanboyism from my side
Same situation as with Ferrari. Marko and Horner only have eyes for Seb. They are nice to Webber only because they need him but clearly they think Webber is only good to feed Horner's pets Bernie and Flavio.
Yet, for one side, Webber can take the fight to Vettel more than once and even if that will never tilt the odds in his favor inside the team it is not as if they came with knives to kill him. On the other hand, it IS true that even then Webber NEVER seemed to be close to Vettel's levels of performance, favor or not.
So demanding and eventually getting a #1 status is one factor. But it is and must be kept by hard work every day at every race. This year Vettel is not last year's and Webber by mere consistency is up there with Seb. Look how fast many of the more blatant "gestures of favoritism" towards Vettel disappeared when it seemed iike Webber might be RBRs candidate for this year. Suddenly both seemed to be treated equally. Yet, Seb is slowly asserting himself back as #1, but, again, the differences given from the team were minimal. The main differences still lay on the drivers.
Massa is no Schumacher, unfairly kept as #2 because of Alonso's whimsical demands. The guy is #2 because of that but also because the guy has never been close enough to Alonso to be seen in Nando's rearview mirrors except when lapped. Ditto with Grosjean, Nelsinho, Fisichella, Trulli, Button...
Speaking of Boutton, he is the only one at the top, along with Kimi and Alonso who had to earn his medals by himself, whatever they are. These are guys who were in different teams, with different managements, with different cars and yet they always had to ascertain their status in each of these cases. One time explanations are always oversimplifying things.
On Lewis: Apparently Lewis' management did contact Ferrari but Alonso vetoed it? Difficult to know whether that's true and anyway, I wouldn't expect Ferrari to be interested in hiring Lewis because he might upset the team harmony one way or another, and brings a lot of publicity, sometimes unwanted (ask Macca). It would also make sense as Alonso has always maintained that Lewis is his best rival.
Imagine in 2008 (when Alonso signed with Ferrari). Massa, who was at the moment and still is a much loved Ferrari creature and was at the moment the star and WDC candidate trying to veto Alonso...
No more questions, Your Honor
In short. We agree