Red Bull team principal Christian Horner accused social media of “exploiting” his comments after criticizing Yuki Tsunoda in the aftermath of qualifying for the Mexico City Grand Prix.
AlphaTauri rider Tsunoda found himself in the crosshairs for appearing to disrupt Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen’s final laps at the end of the session.
This led the Red Bull duo to line up third and fourth on the grid, and Horner remarked that his team had been “Tsunoda’d” and didn’t understand “why they were only sailing this part of the circuit” . .
Horner’s comments led to a backlash on social media against Tsunoda, though many believed the Red Bull boss was wrong to berate the Japanese so publicly.
After the race, when asked if he had revised his opinion on Tsunoda, Horner toned down his remarks and suggested that the AlphaTauiri pit wall let their driver down.
“Having had a chance to think about it, in fairness to Yuki, maybe he could have been helped a bit more, with more information,” Horner said.
“The result was unfortunate, especially since he was only there to tow his teammate. But it’s like that. “
Referring to the backlash that followed his comment “Tsunoda’d” and the way Red Bull treats its young drivers, in general, Horner stood firm when asked if he regretted going public with his criticism. , and instead blamed social media.
“The problem, if you look in the context of what’s being said, unfortunately with these things social media has a habit of picking certain lines and then exploiting them,” Horner added.
“It’s important that you can still … it would be a pretty boring world if you weren’t able to comment on a pilot’s performance.”