Amid rumours that Red Bull breached the 2021 budget cap, Ferrari’s team boss Mattia Binotto says he hopes “everyone has dealt with this exercise correctly”.
The controversy surrounding Red Bull’s alleged 2021 budget cap breach is not dying down. According to the rules a breach, if established, can be considered‘minor’ (less than 5%) or ‘material’ (more than 5%). Red Bull is rumoured to have made a ‘material’ breach.
While everyone is still waiting for the FIA’s official word next week, Mattia Binotto warns that even a ‘minor’ breach is a huge deal.
“Apart from implications on last year’s championship there are also implications for the current one,” Binotto told Sky Italia.
“Let’s wait until Wednesday before making a judgement, but whatever amount we are talking about it’s important to understand that even if it is four million, which falls into the category of what is considered a ‘minor breach’, four million is not minor.
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“For us, four million represents the development parts for an entire season. Four million means 70 people in a technical department who can come up with and produce solutions that could be worth up to half-a-second a lap.
“So even if we are looking at something considered a ‘minor breach’, it’s not peanuts. We are talking of half-a-second and that advantage is carried forward into subsequent seasons, because while it began in 2021 it still gives a competitive advantage in 2022 and 2023.
“So this is clearly an important matter. It puts the credibility in general at stake.
“I hope that everyone has dealt with this exercise correctly, because otherwise it will be a very big problem to manage,” the Italian concluded.