Red Bull budget cap issue takes center stage at the Singapore GP, with the protagonists expecting serious consequences for Red Bull and severe punishments bestowed by the FIA. Laurent Mekies, Ferrari sporting director, said: "We trust the FIA 100%, the implications are gigantic.
We consider it very serious, we expect exemplary management from the FIA. We trust the FIA 100%, which has taken a stand. strong in recent months. We expect severity and transparency to go all running with the same rules. The implications are gigantic.
The important thing is to establish the overshoot, then we confirm that these are the same rules for everyone. Then we need to understand what implications it has had in 2021, 2022 and also in 2023. The thing about which we expect maximum severity is precisely to assess whether the budget cap has been breached."
Storm clouds are gathering on F1 team of Red Bull, due to suspicions and accusations about the Budget Cap, which could have meant the difference between wins and losses, casting the shadow of sporting offense on team du Mex Verstappen.
On September 30, the International Federation should have communicated the report on the budget cap after the first year of introduction in F1. The analysis would have identified two teams that would have breached this ceiling, Aston Martin and Red Bull.
Red Bull is trying to show that many aspects were not clear and easy to interpret, to try to file the liabilities and at least return to the least breach range. The regulation provides that if it is a minor breach, a fine is triggered, while it is not clear what happens in the case of a severe breach.
FIA has shown that they have a straight back and do not want to compromise. It is up to the Federation to keep the bar right and not accept the excuses of excessive spending to bring the Red Bull case back into a minor breach.
Max Verstappen on Red Bull has a lead of 116 points over Charles Leclerc on Ferrari, a score that allows him to try to win his second consecutive World title in Singapore, at the Marina Bay track. The Dutch driver said: "I know I can win the World Championship here but I should be very lucky.
And we must also consider that we are not the best in qualifying. The RB18 has shown great strength and solidity after the summer break, even more so. net compared to the previous races. I don't know what our strength has been since the summer, certainly the race pace. But that's the whole package."