Sunday Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix ended with a bunch of fans crying “conspiracy” after AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda had a mysterious roadside stop and ended up in the hands of Red Bull Racing. Except, of course, a little more digging shows that there isn’t really a conspiracy at all.
After a pit stop at the end of the race, Yuki Tsunoda felt that one of his wheels wasn’t properly engaged, so he quickly pulled over to the side of the track, ready to give up. However, data from the research team showed that Tsunoda’s wheel was fine, so the team asked him to return to the pit.
Admittedly it was a strange situation, only to make one more confused when, when returning to the bunker, one found Tsunoda’s crew adjusting the driver’s belts in the cockpit rather than mind the wheel. loose vehicle that the driver was suspicious of. However, Tsunoda’s brief stop created a virtual safety car that allowed Red Bull driver and race leader Max Verstappen to make short stops to tire without taking as long as he would have in the car. green flag event. Suddenly, everything looks fishy.
When the chaos subsided, it was clear that Tsunoda really believed his wheels were loose, and he loosened his seat belt in preparation to evacuate the vehicle. That’s why his crew was inside his cockpit, adjusting the harness so he could get back on track. The suspicious timing of the situation is just a matter of chance and coincidence.
But those moments of embarrassment were enough to spark rumors on social media of a major conspiracy. Some fans speculate that Tsunoda was instructed to stop, with the sole purpose of giving Verstappen an advantage. As conspiracy theories spread on the internet, Red Bull’s head of strategy, Hannah Schmitz, subjected to sexist and abusive language from some F1 fans.
The conspiracy, though, was overblown, and you can tell as much by watching this the built-in clip is almost eight minutes long posted on Reddit. If this was indeed staged by Red Bull pulling the strings on AlphaTauri, not only would Tsunoda have to be completely fine with sabotaging his own career for Verstappen – but he would also have to be an award-winning actor. In the video on the train, the panic in Tsunoda’s voice is real. AlphaTauri will also be okay with throwing points in the middle of a heated midfield battle – points that translate directly into bonuses at the end of the year.
Either way, Verstappen didn’t need much help. Mercedes’ strategy for Lewis Hamilton relies on racing to be green all the way. It’s not an unfortunate gamble for Mercedes, in fact – but it could happen any time during the race. That’s just the way things are.
And besides that, Verstappen led the Championship with 100 points. A single Hamilton win won’t diminish the dominance of the best driver driving the best car in the field.