Ecclestone says Red Bull will lose more than just championship points

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When asked if Red Bull will lose 2021 points due to the team’s budget cap breach, Bernie Ecclestone said the sanction will be even worse.

Ever since the FIA announced that Red Bull has breached the 2021 budget cap, the Formula 1 world has been speculating on the type of punishment the team will face.

Unfortunately, the FIA did not provide any further details on the overspend, or the sanctions that are on the table.

The only thing we know so far is that the overspend is classified as ‘minor’, which means the budget was surpassed by less than five percent of the $145m cap.

However, even for a ‘minor’ overspend, a team could receive a variety of harsh penalties, from points deduction to being suspended from one or more stages of the competition.

While most pundits believe the penalty will be on the milder side (a fine or possibly limitation on aero testing), Mercedes and Ferrari have been warning that they expect a proper sanction.


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Both teams have said on several occasions that a breach in 2021, also impacts the team’s performance in 2022 and even 2023.

While there have been several rumours and reports that say Red Bull is still in discussion with the FIA, as they do not agree with the FIA’s findings, no official news have come out following the announcement on Monday.

With various current and former F1 personalities giving their opinion on the situation, German publication Blick says they reached out to former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, to ask him if he thinks Red Bull will lose championship points in 2021.

According to Blick, Ecclestone said: “It’s going to be even worse.”

While there’s no way of knowing what this means, or if there’s anything to Ecclestone’s words, it’s important to note that the former F1 supremo is known to be a good friend of Red Bull’s team boss Christian Horner.

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