Former Red Bull aero boss says cost cap penalty is “not insubstantial”

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Dan Fallows, Red Bull’s former head of aerodynamics, has “no doubt” that “from the engineering side” his former team will feel that reduced aero time is a “disappointment”.

As a result of their 2021 cost cap breach, Red Bull has received a $7 million fine, and their 2023 aero testing time will be reduced by 10%.

While many rivals are saying the penalty is too light, Red Bull’s former head of aero Dan Fallows, who left the team for Aston Martin at the end of 2021, says the testing reduction will be felt by the team.

“It’s difficult to say [what the impact of the penalty will be], because I’m not there anymore,” Fallows said.

“But, I’ve no doubt that from the engineering side, they’ll feel that that’s a disappointment.

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“I think, personally, I would take it as any other challenge that you get given in this business. It’s something you have to deal with. It’s a restriction.

“They do have, as a result of being very successful, fewer wind tunnel runs and CFD capability than other teams anyway, and that’s just a challenge you have to deal with.

“I think in any situation like that you just regroup and get on with it.”

Asked if he believes the aero penalty will be a big restriction for Red Bull, Fallows said: “It’s not insubstantial.”

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