After Red Bull appeals for a rethink on Formula 1 budget regulation in the wake of the huge bills for crash damage he has faced in the last two races, Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has come up with a radical idea.
With Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc being knocked out by Lance Stroll at the first corner of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Binotto said the situation should be looked into.
And while he doesn’t believe extra repair allowance is the right way to go, he thinks driver teams who were found guilty in the crashes could be forced to pay for the damage they caused to rivals.
“I think there is value to discuss this in the near future with the other team principals, the FIA and F1,” said Binotto.
“Obviously, if you are not guilty, having this damage included in the budget cap is something that is even more serious now.
“Should we add exemptions? I’m not sure that’s the solution. I think it could be very difficult to control.”
“But I think what we could consider is that if one driver is guilty, his team would have to pay the other teams for the damage and repairs. This will make the drivers more responsible.”
Binotto’s comments come in the wake of a new headache for the Red Bull team, which faces costly repairs for the second consecutive race.
Just two weeks after the $ 1.8 million bill Red Bull paid for Max Verstappen’s high-speed crash with Lewis Hamilton in the British Grand Prix, it suffered another hefty bill to pay at the Hungaroring. .
An out of control Valtteri Bottas triggered a carom at the first corner in Hungary, which left the Red Bull duo of Verstappen and Sergio Perez with severe damage to their cars.
While Verstappen was able to continue and eventually finished in the points, Perez stopped shortly after and the team fears his engine is KO.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner thinks it’s unfair that his team now faces another big budget problem to pay for damages in a season where it is already at the limit of the $ 145 million budget cap.
He wants the FIA to look into the matter and try to find a way to make sure that teams are not penalized financially when accidents are not their fault.
“It’s brutal under the budget cap,” Horner said. “I think I reaffirm that when you have an accident that is not your fault, which may also have a significant cost, this should not be budgeted.”
“It’s something that I think needs to be looked into in more detail by the FIA.”
Asking him where the money will have to come from to pay for the recent incidents, with Red Bull already having to lay off last winter to ensure they stay within budget, Horner said sacrifices will have to be made.
“Obviously you have to look at what’s within the budget cap,” he said. “It’s the spare parts and also the engines, which is particularly concerning. I think we need to review this with the FIA because ultimately it’s something that can affect all teams, not just Red Bull.”