Lewis Hamilton: ‘We would see Red Bull every weekend bring in upgrades’

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Amid the rumoured budget cap breach controversy, Lewis Hamilton says Red Bull would bring upgrades “every weekend or every other weekend” in 2021.

The FIA has delayed the official results of their assessment of the 2021 financial data submitted by all Formula 1 teams until Monday.

With Red Bull rumoured to have breached the 2021 budget cap, Lewis Hamilton was asked ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix, to give his opinion on the whole situation.

“I remember last year in Silverstone, we had our last upgrade and fortunately it was great and we could fight with it,” the Briton told Sky Sports F1.

“But then we would see Red Bull every weekend or every other weekend bring in upgrades. They had, I think, at least four more upgrades from that point.

“If we had if we spent £300,000 on a new floor or an adapted wing it would have changed the outcome of the championship, naturally, because we would have been in better competition in the next race you had it on.

“So I hope that that’s not the case, for the sport.

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However, Lewis said he has confidence in FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem and his team to deal with the situation appropriately.

“I do believe that Mohammed and the FIA will do what is right with whatever they find out. That’s what we have to have faith in.

“It’s important for all of us, all the people that are working, the thousands of people that are working, I think it’s important to have transparency throughout the organisation and accountability is something that we always have to hold true to.

“We’ve seen in previous years of the sport where things have been dealt with in the background. I don’t think that’s the new way forward with the new way of working with Mohammed.

“I think integrity is very important to him as it is for F1 nowadays with the new management. So I think we have good people in place. I hope that we get the right governance.”

Asked to further comment in he has concerns regarding possible budget cap breaches, Hamilton added:

“For sure, because then it would put in question our values, the integrity of the sport. As a driver, you are always asking for updates, updates, updates, and I remember at Silverstone [in 2021] we got our last update.

“It was almost three-tenths, but I remember after that needing more updates but then seeing trucks, updates continuing to arrive on the other car and thinking ‘Jesus! It’s going to be hard to beat them in the championship if they keep bringing updates’.

“It’s so integral to the development race. If we’d had another half-a-million to spend we would have been in a different position at some of the following races if we’d brought another floor, which we could have easily done.

“But that’s not the name of the game and I’m grateful our team is very strict with the way we work and they did an amazing job.

“It is to be taken seriously,” the Briton concluded.

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