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His eventual retirement triggered a Virtual Safety Car period which played into the hands of race leader Max Verstappen, as it allowed him to make a pit stop while losing minimal time. This prompted wild accusations on social media of collusion between Red Bull and its junior team.
“It’s funny that the fans are really excited to always create a story,” said Tsunoda. “It’s just a super-simple fact that there was an issue in the car, there was a differential issue.”
Although the situation was “a little bit confused”, Tsunoda pointed out he was in “a good place to score points” and the idea he’d forfeit it to help Red Bull is “such a crazy, crazy story.”
“I don’t know if Max was driving P1 or P2, whatever, because I don’t care about Red Bull Racing, because I’m just focussing [on my] job,” he added.
Asked if he understood why the circumstances of his retirement from the race provoked such a reaction from some people, Tsunoda said: “First, I don’t want to know and I don’t care.
“I want to actually ask how’s your brain created? How your brain looks like, scan it [with an] MRI and see what is wrong.
“It’s funny how they create the story because it’s simple, Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri are completely different teams – well, it’s not complete as a team, but still a different name. We’re in Italy, they’re in the UK. We perform in completely different [ways].”
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