AlphaTauri Respond To #F1xed Claims Over Yuki Tsunoda's Controversial DNF At The Dutch GP
#F1xed has been trending on Twitter today as many believe that Yuki Tsunoda's bizarre DNF resulting in a virtual safety car was actual a fix by Red Bull to play into Max Verstappen's hands.
AlphaTauri released a statement on their social media today addressing these allegations:
“It is incredibly disheartening to read some of the language and comments directed at our team towards Red Bull Racing’s Head of Strategy, Hannah Schmitz.
“Such hateful behaviour cannot be tolerated, and to entertain accusations of foul play is unacceptable, untrue and completely disrespectful towards both Hannah and us.
“We have always competed independently, fairly and with the highest level of respect and sportsmanship.
“Yuki had a failure that the team didn’t immediately detect, which caused him to stop on track. To suggest anything different is insulting and categorically incorrect.”
Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff Requests Investigation Over Yuki Tsunoda DNF
When asked about the issues that led to Yuki Tsunoda to retire from the race at the Dutch Grand Prix, Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff said to Sky Sports:
"If we were to fight for a championship, that would be something I would closely look at.
"Now, I think what needs to be investigated for the safety of drivers and everybody out there.
"The driver stopped, unbuckled, did a full lap, came in, the problem wasn't solved, they put the seatbelts back on and he drove out and stopped the car again.
"That probably has changed the outcome of the race that we maybe could have won."
Deal Between Red Bull And Porsche Is Now Off The Table
Helmut Marko, advisor to Red Bull, has explained to a German media outlet that Porsche "will not become a shareholder of us" after what seems to be a disagreement on figures where neither party are budging.
Lewis Hamilton Claims Mercedes Are Close To A Win
This weekends Dutch Grand Prix saw Mercedes properly competing with Red Bull again, and it was great to see the rivalry again. Since the race, Lewis Hamilton has insisted that he is still in with a chance of fighting for a win this season. He said:
“We had pace. The car was different to how it had been all year long. When I got up to second, I had that hard tyre on and I was catching them and I was thinking: ‘We might be fighting for a win here and potentially a one-two’.”