Zak Brown doubles down on Red Bull “cheating” accusations

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Despite Christian Horner’s harsh words, McLaren team boss Zak Brown says he stands by his letter to FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, regarding Red Bull’s 2021 cost cap breach.

While the F1 world was waiting for the FIA’s official confirmation that Red Bull has indeed breached the 2021 budget cap, McLaren team boss Zak Brown has sent a letter to FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, asking for any breaches to be sanctioned properly.

In his letter he stated that any breach of the financial regulations constitutes “cheating”. This drew criticism from Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, who said the team did not gain any advantage from their breach.

After the conclusion of the 2022 season, Brown was again asked about his letter.

“I stand by my letter,” the American said.


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“I think when you break the rules, whether it’s technical or financial, I think you can [have] many different ways to characterise it.”

Brown also said that it was not wrong to call the breach “cheating”.

“I know it’s a strong word, but I don’t see any difference between breaking the financial cap versus having too low of a ride height, or whatever the case may be.

“If something within the sporting, financial, technical regulations breached the rules, I guess you can call it a couple of different things, but some people in a more simplistic manner would call it that,” he concluded.

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