So apparently Alonso has been involved in his own Twittergate. I didn’t see this myself, but the screenshot looks legit, and some news sites seem to be reporting on the tweet that went out and went missing.
Looks like a photoshop to me. Reading this on a laptop, I tilted by screen back, and noticed a fuzzy grey pixelated border around the main text of the tweet – most noticeable on the blank space two lines below the word “justicia” . This unusual feature is absent in the genuine tweets I’ve seen, like the ones in the daily round-up. I’m no expert, but having used and seen the results of image editing software before, especially when the images are reproduced in low quality, I would theorize that someone copied and pasted the inflammatory comment onto a Twitter post template with Alonso’s user information.
(Of course, the other possibility is that the tweet is genuine, and the visual artifacts are the result of low image resolution, in which case my hypothesis would be incorrect.)
The above notwithstanding, Alonso should be, and in all likelihood is, intimately familiar with the niceties of F1 politics. I don’t believe he could have been so brash as to post such a thing.
To be honest, I’d be surprised the only people who managed to make a screengrab are those who are only able to save it in such a low resolution. Isn’t there a way to check the hashtag he’s used or something?
I did a Twitter search using the hashtag, looking for manual retweets of this tweet (i.e. retweets sent as new tweets starting with RT). The presence of those would at least show the feasibility of such a tweet ever existing. I couldn’t find any, so I’m pretty sure this is fake.
Ferrari have however just dropped a clanger by Tweeting a link to a music video with the f-word in it. No screengrab yet but it’s clear from response on Twitter and search results someone sent it and then quickly deleted it:
Yeah – I don’t see much foul in it. I’ve seen a lot of tweets where the press manager in charge of social media just forgets to switch accounts, and sends his personal tweets through a company account.