Fia World Association: Formula 1 team Red Bull spent too much money in 2021

Fia World Association: Formula 1 team Red Bull spent too much money in 2021

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Formula 1 team Red Bull spent too much money in 2021

TOPSHOT - Red Bull Racing's Dutch driver Max Verstappen (top C) celebrates winning the world championship of the season after his victory in the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, Mie prefecture on October 9, 2022. (Photo by Toshifumi KITAMURA / AFP) TOPSHOT - Red Bull Racing's Dutch driver Max Verstappen (top C) celebrates winning the world championship of the season after his victory in the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, Mie prefecture on October 9, 2022. (Photo by Toshifumi KITAMURA / AFP)

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen (top center) celebrates defending his world title on Sunday. He and his racing team don’t have to worry about pre-season sanctions

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After months of testing, the world association proves that the Red Bull Formula 1 team has exceeded the cost limit. Max Verstappen’s race team does not have to be afraid of harsh penalties.

dThe Formula 1 team Red Bull has spent more money than the rules allow in Max Verstappen’s first world championship season. As the world motorsports association Fia announced on Monday after a months-long review of the cost cap, the race team only slightly exceeded the set cost cap last year. The report shows that, like Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin team, Red Bull has also violated procedural rules under the budget guidelines.

The Fia now wants to investigate possible sanctions against the two racing teams. The umbrella organization pointed out that violations of the teams can lead to financial and sporting sanctions. However, a mandatory deduction of championship points in the constructors’ standings will only take place if the cost cap is significantly exceeded.

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That would be the case if a team was more than five percent over the previous year’s $148.6 million limit. Verstappen’s first world title is probably not in danger after that.

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Red Bull responded with “surprise and disappointment” to the Fia results. The team remained convinced that 2021 spending was below the limit. That is why the race team is now going to check the Fia documents and possible measures, it says in a statement.

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The cost ceiling should increase equal opportunities, even if important issues such as drivers’ salaries are not included. The plan has been worked out jointly by all teams.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, right, of the Netherlands is sprayed with champagne on the podium by second-placed teammate Sergio Perez of Mexico during the Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, central Japan, Sunday, October 10.  9, 2022. (AP Photo/Toru Hanai)

Cost limit exceeded? Sergio Perez (left) and teammate Max Verstappen celebrate an extensive party in Suzuka

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Recently there has been a lot of fuss about possible rule violations at Red Bull. The racing team suspected that an attack by the underlying competition would cause unrest in the paddock.

Mercedes and Ferrari had indirectly demanded consequences, even if no names were given to each other. “We want these statements to be withdrawn. It is unacceptable to say such things,” said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, who was convinced he had done nothing wrong: “A line has been crossed to demand punishment for us.” Red Bull kept the law ahead. The statements are “defamatory”.

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