The accusations on social media marketing were stoked by the impact the virtual safety car that followed Tsunoda’s retirement had on the race, favouring Max Verstappen at the trouble of Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.
Red Bull head of strategy Hannah Schmitz has been the victim of online abuse because of this.
The drama began when emerging from his pitstop Tsunoda suspected a wheel had not been properly attached.
He was told by his engineer to avoid on the right track, and having done so, he switched his engine off and ready to abandon the automobile.
However, the team’s data told it that the pitstop had opted to plan and the wheels were safely secured, so he was told to restart and drive back again to the pits, where he could have a fresh group of tyres.
When he stopped on the right track he’d loosened his belts as he ready to get out, plus they needed to be tightened once more in the excess stop, costing him time and attracting the eye of the stewards.
The moment left the pitbox Tsunoda reported he could still have the same issue, suggesting that it could be related to the automobile differential. He was told continue from the pitlane to help keep the exit clear and discover a safe spot to park before switching off and alighting from the automobile.
The VSC that followed allowed leader Verstappen to have a cheap second stop for fresh tyres. Meanwhile, Hamilton and Russell lost the benefit they were likely to experienced the race unfolded under normal conditions plus they had set you back the flag as planned, with out a second stop.
Hannah Schmitz, Principal Strategy Engineer at Red Bull Racing
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As the whole episode looked strange on TV, at that time overview of the onboard footage and radio conversations confirms that it had been a straightforward case of team and driver being unsure of what had got wrong, and reacting as best they might to the unusual circumstances.
The FIA stewards investigated it soon after the race, and the only real action they took was at hand Tsunoda a reprimand for driving along with his belts loosened.
However, suggestions of a conspiracy between your Red Bull and AlphaTauri teams quickly emerged on social media marketing, with abuse fond of Schmitz.
AlphaTauri responded on Monday with a statement rubbishing the theories and defending Schmitz.
“It really is incredibly disheartening to learn a few of the language and comments fond of we and towards Red Bull Racing’s Head of Strategy, Hannah Schmitz,” said the statement.
“Such hateful behaviour can’t be tolerated, also to entertain accusations of foul play is unacceptable, untrue and completely disrespectful towards both Hannah and us.
“We’ve always competed independently, fairly sufficient reason for the highest degrees of respect and sportsmanship.
“Yuki had failing that the team didn’t immediately detect which caused him to avoid on the right track. To suggest anything different is insulting and categorically incorrect.”