The FIA has finally announced the results of its 2021 teams’ financial data analysis and have found Red Bull to be in ‘minor breach of the budget cap.
The FIA has announced it has found two teams to be in breach of the 2021 budget cap. As previously rumoured, Red Bull has been found to be in ‘minor’ breach of the cap (less than 5%), while Aston Martin has made a ‘procedural’ breach.
There is no words yet on what a potential penalty could entail, and the FIA’s website is currenty down.
According to the rules, a minor breach could lead to a financial penalty and/or minor sporting penalties.
This could mean a deduction of points, or a suspension from a stage of the competition, however Sky Sports reports these are not expected.
Other penalties could include a limitation of aerodynamic or other testing, and/or a reduction in that team’s future cost cap limit.
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“The FIA Cost Cap Administration is currently determining the appropriate course of action to be taken under the Financial Regulations with respect to Aston Martin and Red Bull and further information will be communicated in compliance with the Regulations,” the FIA said in a statement.
It important to note that both Mercedes’ Toto Wolff and Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto have said that even a ‘minor’ breach of the budget cap can lead to serious increase in lap time.
They also added that a breach does not only influence the season that it happened in, but also several subsequent season.
We will report more on this developing situation as it becomes available.