Ferrari F1 team principal Mattia Binotto has apologized for calling Yuki Tsunoda a “tsunami”.
During F1’s Dutch GP, a virtual safety car was introduced when Yuki Tsunoda retired after the car came to a halt on the track, giving Red Bull’s Max Verstappen the opportunity to make stands for new tyres, Mercedes’ one-stop-shop strategy has reduced the
Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff has insisted the team might not have given up had the championship been on the line.
“If we were racing for the championship, the bitterness would be enormous. And, of course, I wonder: on Saturday Perez was in the gravel and on Sunday Tsunoda parked his car outside. I did it”, said Toto Wolff.
In this regard, Mattia Binotto also made some remarks about Yuki Tsunoda.
In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Matti Binotto called Yuki Tsunoda a “Tsunami” due to his frequent involvement in incidents.
But Mattia Binotto’s choice of words is the worst word for Japan. Memories of the devastating tsunami that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, which killed nearly 16,000 people and devastated much of the country, are still vivid.
There have also been stiff punishments in F1 for racist remarks recently, with Yuri Bips fired from Red Bull’s junior program for using the N-word while streaming a game on Twitch and Lewis Hylton on the other hand. former F1 world champion Nelson Piquet, who also used the N-word, is banned from the F1 paddock. As a result, calls have been made for Mattia Binotto’s dismissal.
Mattia Binotto did not hesitate to apologize when he was informed of the outcry his remarks had caused.
“Obviously I have to apologise,” said Mattia Binotto.
“It was a mistake to use that word. I meant nothing wrong. Honestly, I knew I was very close to the victim.”
“I think Tsunoda is a fantastic driver and a great guy, and we have a good relationship between the two of us.”
“I called it a little joke, but it was a bad joke.”
Yuki Tsunoda’s retirement caused some controversy in the race. On social media, conspiracy theories emerged that the car was parked on the track in order to help sister team Red Bull’s Max Verstappen win, in particular Red Bull’s head of strategy Hannah Schmitz.
Scuderia AlphaTauri Formula 1 team principal Franz Tost detailed what really happened and dismissed conspiracy theories.
“Yuki pitted for the second time on lap 43. We put on the hard tires. When he came out of the pits, he immediately felt the loose tyres,” says Franz Tost.
“The engineer reacted correctly and told me to stop the car. I checked the data and found that all the tires were tight. There were no problems.”
“So I told Yuki to come back because I still wanted to change the tyres. He had stopped so the tires were sandy and the tires were cold.”
“He went in, I changed the tyre, he went back and the data confirmed the rear differential was broken.
“That’s what Yuki already felt during the first pit stop. But it went step by step, and the pressure from the differential pressure pushed him back step by step.”
“So it was difficult to detect it right after the first pit stop, and the problem was very simple.”
“We had no communication with Red Bull Racing during the race,” said Franz Tost of the conspiracy theory that Yuki Tsunoda’s retirement was a Max Verstappen ploy to beat Mercedes. .
“Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing don’t need our help. They win on their own. And we need all the points on our own.”
“So Yuki was in a good position to score points and wasn’t programmed to stop the car during the race.”