Tsunoda discovered himself within the firing line after qualifying on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez when he was accused of wrecking the Q3 hopes of Crimson Bull duo Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen.
Each Perez – who needed to abort his run after following the Japanese rookie into the Flip 10 runoff – and Verstappen had been sad with Tsunoda afterwards, whereas Horner himself prompted a stir when he said that his drivers had been “Tsunoda’d”.
The character of the criticism prompted a backlash on social media, with some followers believing that Crimson Bull had overstepped the mark in lambasting a member of its personal junior programme.
Horner thinks that an excessive amount of was made from what he mentioned, and believes that it’s effectively inside his rights to have the ability to supply his opinion on different drivers.
“I believe for those who look into the context of what’s mentioned, and with these items, sadly social media has a behavior of selecting on sure traces after which exploiting them,” mentioned Horner.
“I believe it could be a fairly boring world in case you are unable to touch upon the efficiency of a driver.”
Sergio Perez, Crimson Bull Racing, with Christian Horner, Workforce Principal, Crimson Bull Racing
Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images
Whereas Horner had been sad with Tsunoda instantly after qualifying, he says that additional evaluation of the incident has barely modified his stance on what occurred.
He feels that Tsunoda might have prevented interfering with Perez and Verstappen if he had been given higher data from the AlphaTauri pitwall in regards to the strategy of different automobiles.
“I believe having had an opportunity to contemplate, I believe in equity to Yuki maybe he might have been helped a bit extra, with extra data,” defined Horner.
“The result was unlucky, notably as he was solely there to present a tow for his team-mate. However it’s what it’s. In the long run, it labored out okay, as a result of beginning on the second row labored out nice for us.”
AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost was not impressed by the criticisms directed at his driver, and reckoned that the main focus ought to have been extra on why Perez had run off the observe after Tsunoda.
“I completely do not perceive why Perez went additionally off the observe there,” mentioned Tost.
“Yuki went to the aspect as all of the drivers do in qualifying to make a spot for the automobiles which might be coming behind, that are on a qualifying lap.
“He was not on a qualifying lap. It’s as simple as that. Subsequently, I do not perceive something about this.”