Mattia Binotto hopes for a change of regulation that can protect the teams from damage caused by others in the event of unpleasant accidents during the race weekend. The Ferrari team principal assessed the damage to Charles Leclerc’s car, rammed at the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix by Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin, as heavy. But if this is the price that Ferrari is paying, you can imagine what Red Bull is going through.
“There are two races that we pay dearly for for accidents caused by others. They cost us damage and millions of euros»Said Christian Horner referring to the Verstappen incident at Silverstone, touched by Lewis Hamilton, and the strike by Valtteri Bottas in Budapest. In short, it is not a good time for those who have to deal not only for the championship but also for the budget cap.
Returning to Binotto, his words are equally eloquent: “We need to discuss a regulatory change with the FIA which provides some sort of compensation when a team is clearly damaged by the maneuver of opposing drivers, so as not to impact the budget cap“. The solution can be implemented by creating an accident ‘fund’ that the teams will gradually add to extra budgets, or simply consider the repairs out of the calculation of contingent expenses. The issue is obviously important at an economic level, as the cars remain very expensive regardless of the spending ceiling. No request for regulatory changes, on the other hand, from a sporting point of view: the commissioners in Budapest did not impose too severe penalties on those responsible for the crash on the first lap, considering that more than a third of the pilots retired from the carom. car capable of slowing it down during the race.