Zak Brown says cost cap breach “needs to be dealt with swiftly and transparently”

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McLaren CEO Zak Brown says it’s “too early to judge” the FIA on how they deal with Red Bull’s cost cap breach, “until we see the final results”.

On Monday the FIA has announced that Red Bull was in breach of the 2021 budget cap, however, they are yet to announce what the sanctions will be against the team.

Amidst a flurry of reactions, McLaren CEO Zak Brown says the FIA’s response should not be judged before the whole process is over.

“I think it’s now all about how [the FIA] handle it moving forward,” the American told RACER.

“Everyone’s kind of like, ‘Well, they haven’t had transparency’ but it’s not over yet. I think we can’t judge them on their transparency…

“It was good that they said, ‘It’s not coming on Wednesday, it’s going to come on Monday’, they were clear.

“Transparency doesn’t necessarily mean, ‘I give you all the answers tomorrow,’ it’s, ‘I give you visibility of what’s coming’.

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“I think we’re not done yet, so I think it’s too early to judge them until we see the final results.”

While Brown praised how the FIA handled the first year of the cost cap, he says a response to the breach must be ‘swift’ and ‘transparent’.

“Bottom line is we had a dry run for a year. The FIA have been unbelievably collaborative, communicative and clear. And if anything was unclear then the obligation was on the teams to ask.

“The FIA has done a really good job on the cost cap, and you can go to them and ask them anything: ‘Hey, is this included? Is this not included?’

“And when you go over budget you go over budget, so it needs to be dealt with swiftly and transparently,” Brown concluded.

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