While the Italian and German press have questioned three teams including Red Bull Racing for non-compliance with the budget cap put in place by the FIA, Christian Horner assured that his team remained in the nails.
The Red Bull Racing team is indicted. Since last season, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) has imposed a budgetary limit on the teams, which was set at 145 million dollars (142 million euros) in 2021. However, the Italian daily The Gazzetta dello Sport and the German trade magazine Auto Motor and Sport have argued that three teams did not comply with this ceiling and named Red Bull Racing, crowned world champion with Max Verstappen. Informed of these accusations, the FIA told theAFP through a spokesperson that it proceeds to “the evaluation of the financial data provided by all the teams” and that any breaches of the rules “will be dealt with according to the official procedure provided for by the rules”.
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Faced with these charges, Christian Horner did not remain without reacting even if he confided to the microphone of the British channel Sky Sports F1 that he is “certainly not aware” and that “the accounts were all submitted last March”. “I think in the middle of next week they will publish the certificates, added the boss of the Red Bull Racing team. I think our statement was definitely below the cap. ” Nevertheless, Auto Motor and Sport assures that exceeding the limit would be “considerable”, with in the event of indictment of the Red Bull Racing team, a potential “earthquake” for the world championship. Indeed, if the budget limit is exceeded by more than 5%, the sanctions could be heavy, going as far as exclusion from the championship or the withdrawal of points in the constructors’ or drivers’ classification. From there to imagining Max Verstappen’s 2021 world title challenged, there is only one step…