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The FIA ​​suspects that Red Bull exceeded the budget limit last season

2022-10-01T21:43:07.873Z

The energy team risks an exemplary sanction if the investigations confirm that in 2021 it exceeded the cap of 145 million euros



The world champion title of Max Verstappen can be very expensive for Red Bull.

The energetic team, which went into a trance in that tremendous last grand prix of last season, in Abu Dhabi, is under the scrutiny of the Expense Containment Administration of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), which has the suspicion that the red buffalo brand exceeded the budget limit of 145 million euros that came into force in 2021. The resolution of the investigations, which should see the light of day in the coming days, can bring consequences of a colossal magnitude for the Milton Keynes team (Great Britain) and for another that, it is understood, also exceeded the cap.

in the

paddock

installed in Singapore, these days there is no talk of anything other than the dimension of the sanctions that can be imposed on alleged offenders.

Apparently, one of them would have gone slightly, that is, in less than 5%.

Everything indicates that the person responsible for this

slip

is Aston Martin.

In this case, the regulation establishes "a fine of an economic nature, which will depend on each case, or a minimum sporting sanction."

Red Bull, on the other hand, would have gone much further, and is exposed to the loss of points in the Constructors' World Championship, or even exclusion from the championship.

Unsurprisingly, teams rivaling Red Bull were merciless when asked about the alleged wrongdoing.

On the contrary, those responsible for the champion structure not only threw balls away, but even threatened to take action for damage to their image.

"It is no coincidence that this comes to light precisely when Max has his first match point," said Christian Horner, director of Red Bull, from the Marina Bay street circuit.

"It is unacceptable that we are hearing defamatory comments, not only against us, but also against our sponsors and even against F1", added the former driver, recycled executive, before assuring: "I am certain that our inventory is below the limit ”.

Much less condescending and more direct have been shown in recent hours their counterparts from Ferrari and Mercedes.

Above all, in the case of the German company, which still curses the tremendous closing of the last course, the one that Lewis Hamilton defined as "manipulated" by the intervention of the Race Director, later fired.

“It's funny that Christian says that, because [Red Bull] has been under investigation for months.

Maybe he doesn't talk to his finance manager, ”said Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes.

“We have all been diligently investigated.

And, from what we understand, there is a team that has committed a minor infraction, and another that has massively exceeded the established margins, ”said the Austrian, who has been arguing with Horner for years through the media.

Asked about the magnitude of the alleged offense, Wolff, logically, gave it a huge significance if it was confirmed.

“It is something fat, very fat.

We are using used parts and failing to incorporate improvements [to comply with the regulations] ”, continued the big man of the Silver Arrows, who appealed to the cruelty of the cost containment process that his company applied.

“We fired more than 40 people, who we miss very much.

I don't know how many tens of millions we had to restructure, and each one of them is a huge handicap," added Wolff, who maintains that if Red Bull went overboard in 2021, it will benefit from it this year and next year as well.

We are using used parts and failing to incorporate improvements [to comply with the regulations]”, continued the leader of the Silver Arrows, who appealed to the cruelty of the cost containment process that his company applied.

“We fired more than 40 people, who we miss very much.

I don't know how many tens of millions we had to restructure, and each one of them is a huge handicap," added Wolff, who maintains that if Red Bull went overboard in 2021, it will benefit from it this year and next year as well.

We are using used parts and failing to incorporate improvements [to comply with the regulations]”, continued the leader of the Silver Arrows, who appealed to the cruelty of the cost containment process that his company applied.

“We fired more than 40 people, who we miss very much.

I don't know how many tens of millions we had to restructure, and each one of them is a huge handicap," added Wolff, who maintains that if Red Bull went overboard in 2021, it will benefit from it this year and next year as well.

“It is no longer a secret that two teams transgressed the budget limit set for 2021;

one long and the other, for a smaller amount”, intervened Laurent Mekies, Ferrari sports director.

"We consider this as something very serious, and we hope that the FIA ​​handles the situation in an exemplary manner," the engineer launched into the air, with the clear intention of trying to put pressure on the regulatory body, which has among a tremendous ballot, a folder that must handle as if it were nitroglycerin.

To try to reduce the excitement, the FIA ​​sent a statement stating that it was aware of the speculation that had arisen, and invited the entire community to wait for the conclusions.

The verdict that comes out of the analysis will have great relevance.

If it is proven that Red Bull grossly violated the budget limit,

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