Vasseur says Red Bull’s performance shows “the penalty was very light”

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Ferrari’s team boss Fred Vasseur says Red Bull’s 2021 budget cap breach penalty was “marginal”, which is evident looking at their 2022 performance.

In 2021 Red Bull breached the budget cap, and for this they received a fine and a 10% reduction in aero testing.

While most rival teams thought the penalty was too light, Red Bull insisted it is “draconian” and will greatly affect them.

Whatever the case may be, there’s no doubt that the Austrian team’s dominance became even greater in 2022.

Ferrari team boss Fred Vasseur was asked if he thinks Red Bull’s performance shows that the penalty was too light, or if he thinks the team had simply done a good job.

“Both! They did a good job, but still the penalty was very light,” Vasseur said.

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“If you consider the rate of development that we have during the season, the fact that if you have a 10% ban at the end, it’s not something linear.

“And then you can spend what you are saving somewhere else on weight saving and so on. I’m not sure the effect is mega.

“And if you consider that you have an advantage at the beginning of the season because you spend more the year before…

“I don’t want to say that they didn’t do a good job because I honestly think that they did a very good job on the car. So, I am not trying to find an excuse at all. It’s not this.

“But if you ask me if the penalty is too light, I say yes,” the Ferrari team boss concluded.

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