Christian Horner says Max Verstappen won the 2021 title “fairly”

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Christian Horner says Red Bull’s 2021 overspend “had no effect whatsoever on the performance” of Max Verstappen’s car last year.

Today the FIA has revealed Red Bull’s punishment for breaching the 2021 cost cap. The team has received a $7m fine, and its wind tunnel and CFD testing time will be reduced by 10%.

The fact that Red Bull has been found to be in breach of the cap, only added more fuel to the fire for many fans who have already been questioning the legitimacy of Max Verstappen’s 2021 title win, due to the controversial decisions made at last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Christian Horner categorically denies that the cost cap breach helped Verstappen’s performance.

“Not a penny was paid for the performance of the car,” the Briton said at Red Bull’s press conference.

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“Max Verstappen won the championship fairly. What we are talking about here had no effect whatsoever on the performance of his car last year.”

Horner then expressed his amazement at the fact that no team, except for his team and Aston Martin, had breached the cap.  It’s important to note that Aston Martin’s breach was only procedural.

“I am astonished there are no other teams that have found themselves in this position. Good for them that 8 are fully compliant.

“There are lessons to be learnt. Did we see any on track performance? No we didn’t.

“Are there things we could’ve done better from an accounting perspective? Of course, lessons to be learnt not just on our side but on all sides,” Horner concluded.

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