Red Bull F1 Perform a U-turn After Blaming Tsunoda for Mexican GP Qualifying Disaster

Published 11/07/2021, 5:51 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 29, 2021 Alpha Tauri’s Yuki Tsunoda attends a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys


On Saturday, Yuki Tsunoda was deemed the culprit by Red Bull after their ‘poor’ qualifying results. But after the race in which both Red Bull drivers finished on the podium, they changed their tone.

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Red Bull’s advisor, Helmut Marko, came out in defence of the young Japanese driver after the race.

“Yuki did nothing wrong [yesterday]. His race engineer should have warned him earlier,” Marko said to Sky Germany.

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This should come as a relief to the AlphaTauri driver, whose first lap crash ended his race in which his teammate finished an impressive P4.

Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 7, 2021 AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda crashes during the first lap REUTERS/Andres Stapff

The incident which made Red Bull surround Yuki Tsunoda

In the final few seconds of Q3, Yuki Tsunoda got out of Sergio Perez’s way as he was instructed by his race engineer. But Tsunoda’s sudden move resulted in Perez going off track just as he was beginning his flying lap.

Max Verstappen, who was also close behind, backed off and the two Red Bull drivers finished in P3 & P4 respectively, whereas their German rivals locked out the front row.

This resulted in Max Verstappen lashing out on his radio.

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner also made a remark about how they got Tsunoda’d. This established that Red Bull were putting it on the 20-year-old driver of their sister team.

Sunday’s result unfortunate and a relief for Tsunoda?

Marko’s comments after his team’s utterly dominant performance in Mexico can be interpreted in two ways.

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Either the team from Milton Keynes realized Tsunoda wasn’t actually responsible for what happened, but it was just a mixup in communication.

Or the ‘spectacular’ result and the atmosphere in Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez post chequered flag made Red Bull forgo the matters of yesterday.

Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 7, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in action during the race REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Whatever the case may be, Tsunoda is taking away an invaluable experience from Mexico; at Red Bull, things can change quickly, both for better or worse.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A Graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for the better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in the future.

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