Helmut Marko reveals when Red Bull actually found out about penalty for budget cap breach

Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko has opened up on when his team found about their budget cap penalty for the 2023 Formula 1 season

-

Helmut Marko has revealed Red Bull actually found out the penalty for their Formula 1 budget cap breach at the start of October 2022 during the Singapore Grand Prix weekend.

It was at Singapore when the first talks of a team breaking the budget cap began, but it was only at the end of October, ahead of the Mexico City GP, when the FIA revealed Red Bull were fined £6.07m and given 10 percent less wind tunnel time.

The season-opener in Bahrain on Sunday suggested the penalty has had little effect on Red Bull as Max Verstappen led a 1-2 from teammate Sergio Perez.

“The penalty was announced to us relatively early,” Marko told Servus TV. “Around Singapore, it crystallised and we knew it was going to cost us.

“So, fairly early on, we focused on evolving and optimising what may not have been ideal on the old car like reducing weight.

“If we brought something to test in the wind tunnel, it had to work the first time ideally. I think we succeeded judging by the result.”

Could Red Bull dominate F1 in 2023?

Red Bull had only won the season-opener once prior to this year, which came in 2011, a year Sebastian Vettel dominated the sport with 11 victories and was outside of the top two on just three occasions.

It’s believed Red Bull‘s wind tunnel penalty could be felt in the season half of the season, as other teams outdevelop them, but Marko says they have a plan in place.

“We purposely built in as less time as possible on the RB19 [the 2023 car] so we wouldn’t sacrifice the future RB20 [the 2024 car],” added Marko.

“We owe it all to a core group in the team that has been working together for 15 years, they know they are in tune with each other.

“Of course we have a genius with Adrian Newey, but the substructure is also made up of highly skilled and intelligent people.”

Nigel Chiu
Nigel Chiuhttps://total-motorsport.com/author/nigel-chiu/
Nigel Chiu is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who worked at Total-Motorsport for 18 months until May 2023. He has been following F1 since 2007 and hasn’t missed a Grand Prix weekend since. Nigel’s worked with several motorsport websites, plus Eurosport and subsequently went on to work with Sky Sports where he travels to multiple F1 races each season.
- Advertisment -

LATEST NEWS

Jake Dennis of Andretti at the 2024 Misano E-Prix | Formula E

Dennis: Formula E brings something different, F1 is just a procession

0
Jake Dennis believes Formula E's peloton style of racing brings something different to motorsport in an era where Formula...
Pascal Wehrlein in action during the 2024 Misano E-Prix | Formula E

Wehrlein Secures Dramatic Misano E-Prix Win After Rowland Runs Out of Energy

0
In a stunning turn of events at the 2024 Misano E-Prix, Pascal Wehrlein seized a dramatic victory, capitalising on...
Pascal Wehrlein at the 2024 Misano E-Prix | Porsche Formula E Team

Results for Misano E-Prix 2024 Formula E Round 7

0
A dramatic end to Formula E Round 7 at the 2024 Misano E-Prix saw leader Oliver Rowland run out...
Oliver Rowland, Sebastien Buemi and Sam Bird battle at the Misano E-Prix | Formula E

Formula E LIVE: Misano E-Prix 2024 – Wehrlein wins on dramatic last lap

0
Welcome to this Total Motorsport Live Blog for Round 7 of the 2024 Formula E World Championship, where history is set...
William Byron and crew chief Rudy Fugle celebrate victory in Martinsville in 2024 | NASCAR

How often are NASCAR Cup Series podium sweeps?

0
It almost feels too good to be true. Hendrick Motorsports winning on the 40-year anniversary of their first ever...
Lewis Hamilton faces the media at the 2024 Japanese GP | Jiri Krenek / Mercedes F1 team

Lewis Hamilton discusses the challenge of transitioning to Ferrari

0
Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he's not sure how to navigate the transition from Mercedes to Ferrari as it...
Antonio Felix da Costa looks on ahead of the 2024 Misano E-Prix | Formula E

Antonio Felix da Costa stripped of Misano E-Prix victory

0
Antonio Felix Da Costa of Porsche has been disqualified from the inaugural Misano E-Prix, resulting in his loss of...
Mitch Evans during the 2024 Misano E-Prix | Jaguar Formula E Team / LAT Images

Mitch Evans brands Max Gunther driving ‘dirty’ and ‘ridiculous’

0
Mitch Evans has hit out at Maximilian Gunther's driving in the first 2024 Misano E-Prix after the pair battled...
Mitch Evans leads the field in the first 2024 Misano E-Prix | Formula E

Is Formula E ‘crazy’ peloton-style racing too dangerous?

0
If you turned on the TV and watched the first 2024 Misano E-Prix, you would have seen Formula E...
Antonio Felix da Costa celebrates victory after the first 2024 Misano E-Prix | Formula E

Da Costa triumphs for Porsche in chaotic Misano E-Prix

0
Antonio Felix Da Costa triumphed in an electrifying race for Round 6 of the Misano E-Prix, marking his first...
- Advertisment -