Red Bull believes six teams will breach the 2022 budget cap

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Amid Red Bull’s 2021 cost cap breach scandal, Christian Horner and Dr Helmut Marko say they believe six teams will be in breach of the 2022 cost cap.

The story surrounding Red Bull’s 2021 cost cap breach is well known. After a lot of back and forth, the FIA finally fined the team $7m and a handed them a 10% reduction in aero testing.

Amid this controversy, the team’s advisor Dr Helmut Marko says he believes next year there will be six breaches.

“I think the current situation is that six teams are above it,” the Austrian told Auto Motor und Sport.

“Inflation is something that was not calculable to that extent, especially with energy costs.”

The same thing was said by team boss Christian Horner.

“The danger for 2022 is that there could be six teams in breach of the cap. Energy prices have been exponential,” the Briton said.

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“There is that chance that several teams, many of which have stated it during Formula One commission meetings, will break the cap this year.

“We do not believe that we will break the cap in 2022, but these penalties set a precedent for the future. So, if you get 10% for 0.3% breach, what is the 5% breach going to look like?” Horner concluded.

As for the impact of the cost cap on levelling the playing field between teams, Marko says it failed to do that.

“So far, the budget cap has not changed anything at all, why should it be different in the future? You simply have to develop better.

“Of course, we are affected by the fact that we already have fewer wind tunnel hours because we won the championship. Now we have to get every test right.

“But in the end, it always depends on the quality of the staff,” Marko concluded.

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