Christian Horner on Red Bull’s ‘draconian penalty’ for F1 cost cap breach


Christian Horner doesn’t consider Crimson Bull cheated their option to victory (Photograph: Getty)

Christian Horner has continued to disclaim that Crimson Bull’s breach of the Method One value cap aided Max Verstappen’s 2021 title win.

On Friday, the FIA introduced that Crimson Bull had been fined £6million and would have their wind tunnel testing time decreased by 10% for subsequent season, after they have been discovered to have dedicated a ‘minor’ breach of final yr’s finances cap.

Horner’s workforce was the one one on the grid to exceed the cap, overspending by £1.8m, although it has been acknowledged that had Crimson Bull taken a tax subsidy that they have been entitled to they might have solely overspent by round £400,000.

The problem sparked outrage amongst their rivals who claimed that even the slightest overspend may have helped Verstappen’s title marketing campaign and had a knock on impact for seasons to come back.

With three races nonetheless to go, Verstappen and Crimson Bull have already received each the drivers’ and constructors’ championships for 2022.

There have been requires Crimson Bull to be sufficiently punished and whereas the FIA’s ruling could appear mild to some, Horner was left livid.

‘I hear folks say it’s not a extreme penalty, however 10% much less wind tunnel time and different aerodynamic instruments is a draconian penalty,’ he stated in a press convention forward of this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen and Crimson Bull have already wrapped up the 2022 F1 titles (Photograph: Getty)

‘That is a gigantic quantity. That represents between 1 / 4 and half a second value of lap time. That has a direct impact on subsequent yr’s automotive and might be in place for 12 months.’

Ever since hypothesis that Crimson Bull had breached the finances cap started, the workforce have denied any wrongdoing, and even after the penalties have been confirmed Horner was nonetheless adamant that his facet didn’t cheat.

He has as an alternative claimed that the overspending was brought on by three non-racing associated issues, specifically catering, redundancy prices and sick pay.

‘I stand by the assertion that there was zero profit – not one penny [of the overspend] was spent on the efficiency of the automotive,’ Horner added.

‘Did we see any on-track efficiency? No, we didn’t. Are there issues we might do higher from an accounting perspective? After all there are classes that could possibly be discovered however not simply on our facet, I feel on all sides.

‘I’m astounded no different groups have discovered themselves on this place however good for them that eight have absolutely complied.’

Whereas they didn’t overspend, Aston Martin have been discovered responsible of a procedural breach of the cap and have been fined £388,000.

MORE : Crimson Bull penalised and fined £6million for F1 value cap breach

MORE : Sergio Perez says he doesn’t need Max Verstappen to ‘present’ him a win at Mexican Grand Prix

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