Seidl calls Red Bull’s cost press conference “another fairy tale hour”

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McLaren’s team principal Andreas Seidl says he didn’t listed to Red Bull’s press conference where Christian Horner discussed the team’s cost cap breach, because “it was another fairy tale hour probably”.

Yesterday, the FIA has revealed Red Bull’s punishment for breaching the 2021 cost cap. The team has received a $7m fine, and its wind tunnel and CFD testing time will be reduced by 10%.

Even before the final verdict was announced, McLaren was very adamant that punishment for a cost cap breach must be strict, which the team’s CEO Zak Brown explained in detail in his letter to the FIA.

Brown was later blasted by Red Bull’s team boss Christian Horner, who said his words were “shocking”.

After the FIA announced Red Bull’s penalty, the team held a press conference where they explained their position, and even said other teams should apologize to them.

Afterwards, McLaren’s team principal Andreas Seidl was asked if to comment on the conference.

“I didn’t listen to it because I can imagine it was another fairy tale hour probably, I’ve got no interest in that,” the German told Sky Sports F1.


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“It’s good to see the FIA did a good job in terms of doing the audit. Nine teams got it right and it was confirmed that one team was clearly in breach so that’s a positive outcome.

“But on a negative side, from my point of view, the penalty doesn’t fit the breach. I just hope that moving forward we have stricter penalties in place.”

Asked if the light verdict puts the whole cost cap at risk, Seidl said:

“No, not at all. I think there’s absolutely no reason to be in breach this year. We had good discussions earlier this year with all teams, with the FIA, with Formula 1 regarding these topics.

“That’s why the cost cap was also adjusted and was also made clear in this meeting from all teams, from the FIA’s side that there’s absolutely no reason after this positive decision in the interest of the sport that there’s any breach at the end of this year.

“I just hope that if there’s any breach again this year, as I said before, that it also needs up being an appropriate penalty,” he concluded.

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