Haas’ team boss Guenther Steiner says Red Bull’s 2021 cost cap breach penalty is “not a real punishment because the money is still there and now you can develop something different”.
Back in October of this year, the FIA revealed that Red Bull has breached the 2021 budget cap. For this the team received a $7million fine and a 10% reduction in 2023 aerodynamic testing time.
Many F1 teams expressed their dissatisfaction with what they perceive to be a light penalty, and now Haas’ team boss Guenther Steiner says he doesn’t think it’s “a real punishment”.
“The money one, I have no opinion because the money one is no advantage to me, it’s the FIA getting seven million,” Steiner told GPFans.com.
“The technical punishment, I don’t think it’s a real punishment because you take away the wind tunnel [time], but you don’t take away the money, so you can develop something else.
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“Obviously, the wind tunnel is the best way to make the car go quicker aerodynamically, but there are other areas as well where you can make the car go quicker.
“The money which was overspent, you haven’t taken that out of the budget cap coming the next year.
“You took advantage, and now you have one year less wind tunnel, which maybe had 10 percent more last year.
“It’s not a real punishment because the money is still there and now you can develop something different,” he concluded.