The F1 paddock is in a state of excitement for the ‘budget cap case’ which has overwhelmed the Red Bull team and the entire Circus community in the last few hours. The possibility that the team that led Max Verstappen to conquer the 2021 world title – and that is about to mark the drivers-constructors double in the current season – cheated, spending more than what is allowed by the regulation, do not let the other team principals sleep peacefully. The other two top teams on the grid obviously attacked the team led by Christian Horner more directly: Ferrari And Mercedes. However, even the second and third tier teams did not hold back from expressing their opinion on the matter, condemning without appeal any type of financial irregularity. It should also not be forgotten that Aston Martin may also have exceeded the limit of 145 million dollars imposed for last season by the budget cap.
It was particularly hard on those who did not respect the spending rules introduced by the Federation Jost Got it. The Williams team principal did not use half measures and, as reported by the German site Formel1.de, attacked any culprits head-on: “For me this is a more serious violation than cheating on the track with your car – ruled the 64-year-old German executive – because it affects the whole season“. The former strongman of the Volkswagen motorsport area is opposed to a ‘simple’ fine against anyone who breaks the rules. However, Capito is also critical of the hypothesis of a retroactive penalty for the 2021 season. According to him the punishment should instead concern the current year. The advantage given by the overrun of the cap, in fact, would have been exploited more in this championship than in the last one.
Equally clear was the position of Frederic Vasseur, number one of Alfa Romeo. According to the French executive on this issue it is necessary to be “very strict “. “If someone is found to be 300 grams underweight they are disqualified – he recalled – therefore it would be completely unfair if a team had the opportunity to spend several million more on the development of the car than the others. If something like this has happened, then the FIA must intervene – continued Vasseur – you have to understand that sometimes even just € 200,000 more is enough to bring a big update “. Clearly, in these declarations we can also recognize an understandable ‘party game’. Williams and Alfa Romeo, in fact, are Mercedes and Ferrari customer teams. It is therefore not surprising that politically they support the recriminations of their respective manufacturers.
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