Verstappen hits back at cost cap rumours: keep your mouth shut

Max Verstappen has said other teams should ‘keep quiet’ over allegations that Red Bull have exceeded F1’s budget cap in 2021.

Reports in the German and Italian media earlier this week suggested that Red Bull and Aston Martin had spent more than their authorized allocation of $145 million in 2021, with the FIA ​​expected to reveal each team’s finances in the coming weeks after. audits.

Responding to the reports, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff called any breach of Formula 1’s cost cap regulations a “gross” breach, while Ferrari sporting director Laurent Mekies said there should be “significant consequences” for any team that breaks this rule.

Responding to comments from Wolff and Mekies, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner reacted angrily, calling on them to withdraw their accusations and suggesting Mercedes and Ferrari were using the issue as a smokescreen to damage their own performance below normal this season. .

Asked after qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix if it was frustrating to be caught in the middle of such allegations, Verstappen sounded an optimistic note.

“I know where he [the speculation] comes, so for me it’s fine,” the Dutchman told the media, including

Asked if he was satisfied that Red Bull had not breached any regulations on cost caps, he replied: “What I hear from the team, yes [I’m confident].

“Of course, then other teams started talking about it when they had no information and I think it’s a bit silly. Shut the fuck up.”

Could Red Bull lose points in the 2021 championship?

Under F1 regulations, exceeding the budget cap by less than $5m can be considered a “minor infringement” which can only result in a fine for offending teams.

Any potential penalties are complicated by the fact that the FIA ​​has yet to establish a clear list of penalties surrounding the budget cap, although possible penalties could include the docking of drivers’ or constructors’ championship points.

If Red Bull retrospectively accumulates points earned during the 2021 season, such a sanction could have a significant impact on the outcome of that year’s World Championship.

Verstappen won the 2021 Drivers’ Championship after winning the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi in controversial circumstances, overtaking title rival Lewis Hamilton on the final lap after lapped car regulations passed the safety car n has not been applied correctly.

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