Red Bull’s Horner hits back at “defamatory claims” on alleged breach of F1 budget cap
by SOURAV D | VIEW 453
Amid conflicting narratives on whether Red Bull F1 team had breached 2021 F1 budget cap, the F1 team boss Christian Horner had brushed aside the claims saying such allegations were “extremely defamatory”. In the matte of the fact, latest remarks from Red Bull’s Horner comes over the heels of an allegation that said the Red Bull and Aston Martin F1 teams had breached their cost cap on 2021, while Mercedes and Ferrari F1 team officials were quoted saying that the fact had been an “open secret” in Formula One arena.
Horner fends off accusation Red Bull breaches budget cap
Meanwhile, speaking in a press conference at Singapore GP, Horner said that he is expecting his rival F1 teams would withdraw their comments adding, “We were a little bit taken aback by comments that were coming from two of our rival teams yesterday.
The submission between the team and the Fia is one that is confidential. I have no idea what the outcome of our rivals' submissions are, or the accounting treatment or so on. So I would be intrigued to know where their source of information for these fictitious claims have come from.
They are hugely defamatory and we take umbrage to them. One can only assume it's not coincidental that this is at a point where Max has his first strike at a world championship. How on earth do they have this information? Where do they have this knowledge? The FIA have even stated they haven't even completed their process.
So unless there is a clear withdrawal of those statements, we will be taking it incredibly seriously and looking at what the options available to us are, because it is absolutely unacceptable to be making comments of the type that were made yesterday, that is totally defamatory to the team, to the brands, and even to F1.
I would be intrigued to know where their source of information has come from”. F1 had set off a budget cap of $145 million last year, while the total was reduced to $140 million this year. FIA have been set to conclude its audit on 2021 expenses of all ten F1 teams by next week.