Ferrari: ‘Maybe Red Bull’s breach made a difference in 2021 title fight’

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Ferrari’s team boss Mattia Binotto says $1.8m “makes a lot of difference, that is a few tenths of a second per lap, and maybe it made a difference in last year’s title fight”.

On Friday, 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%.

Since then, many observers and F1 professionals have said that the penalty is simply not harsh enough.

Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto says it might have even significantly influenced the extremely close title fight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in 2021.

“I have been saying for months that it is of fundamental importance that the budget cap should be well controlled, because these world titles could be decided by the budget cap, and that is what has happened,” the Italian told Sky Italia.

“It has become clear that one team has acted illegally and has significantly exceeded the budget cap.


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“[$1.8 million] makes a lot of difference, that is a few tenths of a second per lap, and maybe it made a difference in last year’s title fight.

“That is why strict action had to be taken, but the penalty for Red Bull is negligible and does not compensate for the advantage obtained.

“The wind tunnel time that Red Bull has to surrender does not cost two- to five-tenths per lap, as Christian Horner claims.

“In addition, despite the fine, Red Bull is not allowed to spend less money, so they can use the time that they are not allowed in the wind tunnel to develop other parts.

“For example, reducing the weight of the car or developing a different suspension,” Binotto concluded.

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