Zak Brown calls for “much stronger” cost cap sanctions in the future

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In reaction to Red Bull’s cost cap breach penalty, Zak Brown says McLaren hopes “the FIA take stronger action in future against those that wilfully break the rules”.

The FIA has announced 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%.

Many observers are shocked by such a light penalty, and other teams have started to come out with their opinions. McLaren CEO Zak Brown says he hopes penalties will be harsher in the future.

“We appreciate the cost cap investigation is a complex process which the FI have conducted in a thorough and transparent manner,” Brown said.

“I’m pleased the truth is out there now and it is the result is as we expected – there was a breach of the cost cap by one team, with the other nine operating in line with the rules. It is therefore only right that punitive action is taken.

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“If the FIA is to be most effective and its punishments serve as a lesson to others when rules are broken in this way, the sanctions have to be much stronger in the future.

“We hope that the lessons learned through this process will now mean all teams have a clear understanding of the rules in order to avoid any future breaches.

“While we are pleased to see them act, we would hope the FIA take stronger action in future against those that wilfully break the rules,” the American concluded.

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