Red Bull says cost cap penalty “will affect massively next year’s car”

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Red Bull’s technical director Pierre Wache says the team’s 2021 cost cap breach penalty will “affect massively next year’s car”.

After breaching the 2021 cost cap, Red Bull received a fine and a 10 per cent reduction in aero testing time.

Many have since said the penalty will not seriously affect the team, especially considering how dominant they currently are.

Red Bull, however, constantly insists the penalty will hurt them. Now, the team’s technical director Pierre Wache says the fact that they are leading the championship will not lessen the effects of the penalty.

“It is not easier because we are leading the championship,” Wache said.

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“It is as difficult, we are going to the limit. I think it could affect, for sure, the current development of the car and maybe close the grid this year.

“But also it will affect massively next year’s car. I cannot tell you that it’s easier [because we have a lead], because we want the best car next year.

“Then, how it will affect our performance, I don’t know yet,” he concluded.

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