Verstappen slams rival calls for harsh Red Bull cost cap punishment

The newly crowned world champion hit out at calls for Red Bull to be severely punished for overspending in the 2021 F1 season

-

Max Verstappen has responded to widespread calls for Red Bull to be served a harsh penalty for breaching Formula 1’s 2021 cost cap.

The Dutchman arrived in Austin, Texas ahead of the 2022 US Grand Prix as the newly crowned world champion, having sealed his second title in confusing circumstances, but the talk of the town remains his team’s overspend in the first year of the sport’s new financial regulations.

Red Bull admitted they were “surprised and disappointed” by the FIA’s findings that they committed a “minor” breach and have maintained their innocence, but that hasn’t stopped representatives from rival teams calling for a strong deterrent to ensure the integrity of the cost cap remains intact.

Verstappen, however, sees this as nothing more than an attempt to slow the Milton Keynes-based outfit down, as they march towards a first championship double since 2013.

“Nothing has been confirmed yet but as a team we know what we have to deal with and we are very clear with what we think is correct,” Verstappen said on Thursday at the Circuit of the Americas.

“It’s still ongoing and at the end of the day it’s not my job – it’s between the team and the FIA.

“I think it’s mainly because we’re doing well. They try to slow us down in any way possible. That’s how Formula 1 works. Everyone is at the end of the day a bit hypocritical.” 

Max Verstappen celebrating at the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix
Max Verstappen celebrates with his team after the Japanese Grand Prix | Clive Mason/Getty Images

Will Red Bull enter into an ABA with the FIA?

Rumours remain rife around the paddock as to how the FIA will handle the ongoing saga. It’s being reported the governing body is in talks with Red Bull about entering into an Accepted Breach Agreement (ABA), which would effectively be an admission of guilt, but would also likely reduce the severity of the sanction.

If this can’t be agreed, the case will go to the Cost Cap Adjudication Panel and the whole array of punishments will be on the table.

Among others, Lewis Hamilton said he hopes the FIA sets a strong precedent, admitting that teams won’t respect the financial regulations if overspending only incurs a “slap on the wrist”.

“I do think the sport needs to do something about this,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1. “Otherwise, if it’s quite relaxed, if they’re relaxed with these rules, then all the teams will just go over.

“And spending millions more and then only having a slap on the wrist is obviously not going to be great for the sport. They might as well not have a cost cap for the future [in that case].”

Andrew Wright
Andrew Wrighthttps://total-motorsport.com
Sports Journalist for Total-Motorsport.com
- Advertisment -

LATEST NEWS

Lewis Hamilton looks on in a press conference at the 2024 pre-season test in Bahrain | Mercedes / Jiri Krenek

Lewis Hamilton upbeat after Mercedes disaster in Chinese GP qualifying: Sh*t happens

0
Lewis Hamilton admits his changes made to his car prior to qualifying for the Formula 1 2024 Chinese Grand...

Christian Horner: Perez driving for Red Bull future

0
Christian Horner praised Sergio Perez's recovery after a chastening 2023 Formula 1 season, as the Mexican completed a Red...
Max Verstappen celebrates pole position after qualifying for the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Starting Grid for F1 2024 Chinese Grand Prix

0
Max Verstappen secured a dominant pole position for the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix, marking Red Bull’s 100th pole in...
Max Verstappen of Red Bull during Sprint Qualifying at the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen roars to Chinese GP pole as Hamilton sinks to new low

0
Max Verstappen will start on pole for the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton's wretched start of...
George Russell of Mercedes leads Daniel Ricciardo of Visa Cash App RB during the Sprint ahead of 2024 Chinese Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Chinese Grand Prix 2024 – Qualifying Results

0
Max Verstappen clinched pole position for the 2024 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix, continuing his dominance with a fifth...
Daniel Ricciardo of Visa Cash App RB during Sprint Qualifying ahead of 2024 Chinese Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 Chinese Grand Prix 2024 Qualifying – Highlights

0
As the Formula 1 season progresses, the intensity mounts at the Shanghai International Circuit with the qualifying session for...
Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez after the F1 2024 Chinese GP Sprint Race | Mercedes / Wolfgang Wilhelm

Lewis Hamilton offers bleak excuse for lack of Verstappen defence after Rosberg criticism

0
Lewis Hamilton has admitted he did not try to fight Max Verstappen after the Mercedes star was denied a...
Lewis Hamilton looks on ahead of hitting the track in Friday practice at the 2024 Saudi Arabian GP | Sam Bloxham / Mercedes F1 team

Unsympathetic Lewis Hamilton blames Lando Norris for Lap 1 Sprint Race incident

0
Lewis Hamilton offered little sympathy to Lando Norris after the McLaren driver lost the lead of the 2024 Chinese...
Sprint winner Max Verstappen celebrates ahead of 2024 Chinese Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen explains source of Red Bull car issues during Chinese GP Sprint Race

0
A poor Sprint Qualifying effort by Max Verstappen gave everyone hope that Formula 1 might see a different winner...
Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc during 2024 Chinese GP weekend | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Charles Leclerc demands Sainz talks after Ferrari drivers Chinese GP Sprint clash

0
Charles Leclerc accused his Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz of going "over the limit" and said the pair would sit...
- Advertisment -