Red Bull infringement is official!

5:41 PM

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Of course, we would now also like to hear what the teams involved have to say about the FIA ​​decision. Unfortunately, there is currently no statement from Red Bull or Aston Martin.

The bulls have always made it clear in advance that they are firmly convinced that they have stayed below the cost cap. That assessment was clearly wrong.

5:34 p.m.

How much did Red Bull spend?

This question also remains unanswered. However, since it is a minor violation, the amount must be less than five percent of the budget cap, so a maximum of about seven million dollars.

But the other teams have already said in recent weeks that even with this amount you could give yourself a huge advantage, if only a “minor” violation on paper.

However: Since the FIA ​​leaves the amount open, it might as well be $100 or $1,000. So it’s all pure speculation.

5:27 p.m.

“Procedural Breach”

What is it about? The possibilities are endless. For example, it could be a late submission, a missing response to a request, an incomplete submission, or the like.

Article 8.2 of the Formula 1 Financial Regulation states:

Examples of procedural violations are:

(a) submit a late submission;

(b) failure to submit interim reporting documentation for the interim reporting period;

(c) failure to cooperate with or respond to a written request for information, documentation, or clarification from the Cost Cap Administration within the timeframe specified by the Cost Cap Administration;

(d) delay, hinder, or frustrate the Cost Cap Administration’s exercise of its regulatory function, including any investigation conducted under the Financial Regulation, or any attempt thereto;

(e) submitting Reporting Documentation that is inaccurate, incomplete or misleading;

(f) failure to comply with the terms of an ABA;

(g) failure to comply with the requirements of Articles 1.8, 1.9 or 1.10;

(h) failure to submit any information or documentation required for a provision within the applicable timeframe set forth in that provision; or

(i) failure to submit an incremental list of used inventory in accordance with the requirements set forth in FIA Technical Guideline TD017, as renumbered and/or amended from time to time.

5:18 p.m.

The full text of the FIA ​​statement

FIA completes assessment under 2021 FIA Formula 1 Financial Regulations

– Nine teams confirmed below 2021 Cost Cap level
– Aston Martin in procedural error
– Red Bull Racing on procedural and minor overruns

The FIA ​​confirms that its Cost Cap Administration has now completed the review of the reporting documentation submitted by each entrant who participated in the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship in respect of the 2021 reporting period ending December 31, 2021.

The FIA ​​Cost Cap Administration has issued certificates of conformity to seven of the ten participants:

– Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team is considered a procedural violation of the Financial Regulation;
– Oracle Red Bull Racing is considered a procedural and minor breach of financial regulations; other
– Williams Racing has complied with the Financial Regulations with respect to the 2021 Reporting Period, except for a previous Procedural Breach (which the Cost Cap Administration entered into an ABA with Williams in May 2022. This Procedural Breach was subsequently remedied by Williams in a timely manner , cooperative and transparent manner).

The review of the reporting documentation submitted was an intensive and thorough process, and all competitors have given their full support in providing the information required to assess their financial situation during this first year of the Financial Regulation. The FIA ​​Cost Cap Administration notes that all participants acted at all times in a spirit of good faith and cooperation throughout the process.

The FIA ​​also notes that in relation to this first year of application of the Financial Regulation, the intervention of the FIA ​​Cost Cap Administration has been limited to reviewing the participants’ comments and there has been no full formal investigation started .

The FIA ​​Cost Cap Administration is currently in the process of determining the appropriate course of action to be taken under the Financial Regulation in relation to Aston Martin and Red Bull and further information will be communicated in accordance with the Regulations.

5:13 PM

What penalties would be possible?

The “procedural violation” is likely to be neglected, as it will likely only result in a fine at Williams. At least that would be my suspicion.

The situation is different when Red Bull exceeds it. The option ranges from a warning to the deduction of World Cup points for the team and driver.

But: A complete exclusion from the championship is not possible because it is only a minor violation.

5:09 PM

What penalty threaten Red Bull and Aston Martin?

This is currently still open. Literally the FIA ​​says:

“The FIA ​​Cost Cap Administration is currently determining the appropriate course of action to be taken under the Financial Regulation in relation to Aston Martin and Red Bull and further information will be communicated in accordance with the Regulations.”

This means that a decision will now be made on an appropriate penalty and will be announced in due course. But that could take a while.

5:03 PM

Red Bull Violation

The first information is there: Red Bull has exceeded the budget cap! More here in the ticker!

4:51 PM

We are still awake!

Don’t worry, the Japanese rhythm is still working, but we haven’t fallen asleep yet! We will be there for you today until we hear from the FIA. Promise!

2:00 p.m.

Waiting for the decision

You can certainly imagine: there is still no announcement from the FIA. We just hope we’re going to hear something here in the next few hours — and that the whole thing isn’t delayed again.

We’re taking a little break here in the ticker, because it can be a long day… Should anything happen, we will of course contact you right away and you’ll hear from us!

13:47 o’clock

Horner: At Verstappen similar to Vettel

After Sebastian Vettel only won his first world title in the very last race of the year in 2010, he went on to win a series of four titles in a row. Christian Horner sees parallels with the situation at Max Verstappen.

Because Vettel drove much more confidently in 2011 with his first title behind him than the year before to title number two. “It happened to Sebastian, and now it’s happening again to Max. It just takes the pressure off his shoulders,” explains Horner.

In 2011, Vettel won the title four races before the end – just like Verstappen eleven years later. Indeed, the parallels between the two are undeniable! Will the Dutchman shape a comparable era to Vettel?

Photo gallery: All decisions from the World Cup in Suzuka

1.31 pm

The most beautiful party photos of the world champion…

… we have again summarized this year for you in a separate photo series. This is a well-known tradition with us! And somehow you have to drive out the waiting…

Photo gallery: The most beautiful jubilant photos of Max Verstappen

13:04 o’clock


After the long waits in Singapore and Japan, a reader is eager to know why a race isn’t delayed early, “when it’s already clear on Friday that Sunday afternoon will be wet?”

That’s easier said than done, because it’s never 100 percent “clear” that it’s actually going to rain. In the past we have experienced several times that a prognosis has not come true.

That’s why a race will never be delayed “on suspicion” early. Because procrastination always involves extra effort for everyone involved, which is why you want to avoid it at all costs.

12:45 pm

The notes are here!

The editors’ driver ratings are here! We were gracious this time and did not give a 5 due to the difficult conditions in Suzuka. Click through our photo gallery, there you will find all the figures including reasons!

By the way, you still have the opportunity to submit your figures for the GP of Japan if you are fast. Click here to vote!

Photo Gallery: Suzuka: The Editor’s Drivers’ Figures

12:24 pm

Verstappen wants better rain tires

Yes, the old song… “I think we broke better wet tires,” says the world champion, pointing out that “in the 90s or early 2000s” you could still ride the track with a lot more water.

“We’re welcome to put in a few days of testing and test all the different types of tires,” the Dutchman offers, explaining that the current wet tires are “just slow” and don’t move enough water.

“That’s why everyone always tries to switch to intermediates very quickly,” he explains. They are just much faster – and the full wet tires are therefore virtually useless. He offers to work on a solution.

12:00 o’clock

Strong market share for Sky

The pay-TV channel enjoyed a solid market share of 7.4 percent on Sunday morning. Of course that has to do with the fact that the race in Japan started at 7 am.

In absolute numbers, 400,000 viewers are quite manageable. But because few people turn on the television on Sunday morning, that is enough for a good market share.

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