Will Verstappen lose his world title?
FIA investigates possible violation
Created: 03/10/2022, 17:48
By: Christoph Gschossmann
It stays the same: The Dutchman Max Verstappen is the world champion of Formula 1. © Kamran Jebreili/AP/dpa
Max Verstappen is world champion 2021 – but for how long?
The FIA is investigating whether his team has broken the rules.
Could he lose the title?
Munich – Max Verstappen could lose his 2021 world title.
As can be seen from various media reports, Verstappen's Red Bull team is accused of having exceeded the cost limit in Formula 1.
The budget cap in the previous year was 148.6 million US dollars, which corresponds to about 151.6 million euros.
However, a cost cap review by the World Motor Sport Association FIA confirmed the suspicion that Red Bull had spent more.
Auto, Motor und Sport
first reported on it.
Red Bull sports director Marko: "We're not afraid of the title"
So the Dutchman (21), who missed out on the early World Championship at the Singapore GP this year, could lose his first title.
It says breaches of the financial regulations would be "addressed, where appropriate, in accordance with the formal procedure set out in the regulations
When asked by the newspaper, Red Bull's sporting director Helmut Marko said: "It's a matter of definition.
But we are not afraid for the title.”
According to the FIA the exact figures are to be published on Wednesday.
At the Singapore GP it said: “The FIA is currently completing the evaluation of the financial data submitted by all Formula 1 teams for 2021.” A point deduction would therefore only be conceivable in the case of major violations.
Verstappen was eight points ahead of Lewis Hamilton at the end of the season.