AlphaTauri issues statement on Yuki Tsunoda foul play allegations

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After an outpouring of allegations suggesting that AlphaTauri has purposefully retired Yuki Tsunoda, to help Max Verstappen, the team has issued a statement on the issue.

After Yuki Tsunoda retired from the Dutch Grand Prix under peculiar circumstances, and brought out a Virtual Safety Car which helped Max Verstappen get a ‘free pit stop’, many were left wondering if Red Bull’s sister team AlphaTauri had done this on purpose to help the Dutch driver.

Some fans of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes even started accusing Red Bull’s Head of Strategy Hannah Schmitz of being in on the whole thing, and this led to social media abuse – which we strongly condemn.

Well, AlphaTauri has now come out with a statement condemning these allegations and the online abuse that followed.

“It is incredibly disheartening to read some of the language and comments directed at our team and towards Red Bull Racing’s Head of Strategy, Hannah Schmitz,” the team’s statement read.

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“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 levels 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,” the statement concluded.

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