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FIA fines Red Bull $7 million and reduces air testing for cost limit breach


Thomas Miles

Red Bull has been fined $7 million by the FIA ​​and reduced aerodynamic testing after the reigning constructors’ and drivers’ champions breached F1’s 2021 budget cap.

After the Japanese Grand Prix, Red Bull and Aston Martin have been exposed by the FIA both breached F1’s 2021 financial rules in an unprecedented moment for the sport.

Aston Martin entered into a plea agreement with the FIA ​​and the team was fined $450,000 for procedural violations.

But the announcement the entire F1 world was waiting for was that the team, which had won 15 of 19 races and had already completed both the driver and constructors championships this year will be fined.

Max Verstappen and Red Bull have already won the drivers’ and constructors’ titles this year. Photo by Glenn Dunbar/LAT Images)

The FIA ​​and Red Bull reached an agreement which saw the latter exceed the 2021 spending cap of £118,036,000 by less than £1,864,000 or 1.6%.

As a result of the minor violation, the team must pay $7 million to the FIA ​​within 30 days of the ABA enforcement date.

Red Bull also received a minor sporting penalty in the form of a 10% reduction in restricted wind tunnel testing and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) restrictions.

Taking into account Red Bull’s first place in the championship, his share will drop from 70% to 63%.

The FIA ​​listed 13 categories of adjusted or excluded costs that were mishandled by Red Bull

The governing body released a statement explaining how it came to Red Bull’s decision to “cooperate” throughout the process, which spanned the Japanese, US and Mexican Grands Prix.

“The Spending Containment Authority has acknowledged that Red Bull Racing has been cooperative throughout the review process and has sought to provide additional information and evidence when requested in a timely manner, that this is the first year of full application of the Financial Regulations and that there is no allegation or evidence that that RBR (Red Bull Racing) ever attempted to act in bad faith, dishonestly or fraudulently, nor did it willfully withhold any information from the Cost Limitation Administration,” the FIA ​​said.

Max Verstappen talks to FIA President Mohammed bin Sulaiman. Photo by Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

“Under these circumstances, the Expenditure Containment Administration has asked the ABA’s RBR to resolve this matter. RBR accepted this proposal.”

Red Bull denied breaching the budget cap in recent weeks, with team principal Christian Horner saying the fine was a “huge amount of money”.

“I’ve heard people reporting today that it’s a small amount,” Horner told Autosport.com at a news conference today.

“Now I can tell you that this is a huge amount. This represents a lap time of a quarter to half a second. It comes from now, which has an immediate effect on the car next year, and will be in effect for 12 months.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner speaks at a press conference regarding the recent findings of a cost cap violation. Photo by Carl Bingham / LAT Images

“When we win the Constructors’ Championship, we are victims of our own success, on top of that 10%, having an extra 5% disadvantage or disadvantage compared to second and third places.

“That 10% will in reality affect our ability to operate the track next year. This gives us an edge over our competitors.”

As the spending cap drama unfolded this morning, the opening practice session for the Mexican Grand Prix was underway, with Carlos Sainz just 0.046s ahead of teammate Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari 1-2.

Home race star Sergio Perez was third with Daniel Ricciardo 11th and Australian Jack Doohan 19th in his first F1 race for Alpine.

The second and final free practice session of the day has just begun at the Autodrome Hermanas Rodríguez in Mexico City.

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