Christian Horner has blasted Yuki Tsunoda for his actions during qualifying, saying that he cost Red Bull their chance.
Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez failed to make it to the front row after an incident off track. There, Tsunoda had gone off and was waiting patiently for those behind him to continue.
However, Perez got distracted by the sight of the Japanese rookie off the track, and went off it as well, ending his chance of qualifying 1st or 2nd. Verstappen, the car behind Perez, saw two drivers off the track and thought there was a yellow flag. By the time he realised there wasn’t any, it was too late as he had already lifted off.
The result meant Red Bull could only qualify P3 and P4 respectively. This puts them behind their rivals on Sunday, and they weren’t pleased about it. They targeted the AlphaTauri driver and accused him of ruining their efforts.
Horner blasted Tsunoda for his actions during qualifying, and blamed him for his team not finishing in the front row.
As quoted by France24, Horner rudely said, “I think we got Tsunoda’d.
“Both drivers were up on their last lap. Max was up two-and-a-half tenths, I think Checo (Perez) was just under two-tenths up. I don’t understand why he was just cruising around at that part of the circuit.
“It’s disappointing because it affected both of the drivers because they’re both pretty annoyed.”
Tsunoda was targeted by multiple Red Bull higher-ups in addition to Horner. Many came out in support of him on social media after the Japanese driver took a lot of flak from his employers.
The AlphaTauri driver did well in qualifying, but such an incident and public calling out was not ideal. Nevertheless, he will start the race from the back of the grid, having taken an engine penalty.