Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reports that Red Bull’s budget cap breach was caused by costs over sick leave and catering fees, however sick leave does not fall under the cap.
Today the FIA announced that Red Bull was found guilty of a ‘minor’ breach of the 2021 budget cap. According to their report the Austrian team breached the cap by $1m to $2m.
They also note that the breach happened due to Red Bull seving free lunch to 1,000 members of their staff every day. They added that paid sick leave days also contributed to the breach.
However, according to F1’s financial regulations parental and sick leave payments are excluded from the cost cap.
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It’s still unknown if these reports are true, but it would be a bit strange if Red Bull was really trying to argue that sick leave payments were contributing to the breach.
The FIA did not come out with any concrete numbers or reasons for the breach, and they are yet to annlounce what kind of penalty they will hand out.