FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem roasted Christian Horner over Red Bull’s 2021 cost cap breach, while handing him the 2022 Constructors’ Championship trophy, which led to an awkward moment.
At last night’s FIA Prize-Giving Ceremony in Bologna, Italy, FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem was presenting Red Bull’s Christian Horner with the 2022 Constructors’ Championship trophy, when things turned a bit awkward.
Ben Sulayem decided to joke about Red Bull’s 2021 cost cap breach, and said:
“Christian, this cup is nothing to do with the cost cap, okay?
“This is from the FIA, so we’re not going to deduct it from your cost cap. Okay?” he concluded.
To this, Horner awkwardly responded: “That’s very generous, thank you.”
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Members of the media who were present say that the cost cap jokes started at the pre-ceremony press conference, when Ben Sulayem made a remark about smart attires of those present.
This prompted Red Bull’s team boss to joke that the outfits the team was wearing fell under the marketing budget, which did not fall under the overall budget cap.
The duo later also had an awkward argument over the points confusion after the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix, which had to be cut off by F1 president Stefano Domenicali.