Max Verstappen has been told ‘things will worsen’ by former Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone after Red Bull’s budget cap breach in 2021. The Dutchman continues to be waiting to search out out what penalty his team will receive for breaking the financial rules, with the 91-year-old’s comments offering Lewis Hamilton hope that he could yet claim a record-breaking eighth Formula One crown.
Many of the talk surrounding the game in recent weeks has been about Red Bull’s breach of the financial regulations – something which was confirmed by the FIA on Monday following a lengthy investigation. The team’s breach is taken into account ‘minor’, meaning they went over the £114million cap by lower than 5%, with £1.8m the figure that has been rumoured by those inside F1.
The FIA have a spread of sporting punishments at its disposal, from from a public reprimand to disqualification. Points penalties, fines and reduced development time within the years to come back are also possibilities because the sports governing body ponders penalise Verstappen’s team.
Given the 25-year-old only beat Hamilton to the title by eight points in 2021 hopes had been raised that the Brit could claim his eighth championship, with only a small points penalty needed to see the title move to the Mercedes garage as an alternative.
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Nevertheless, because the breach was considered to be ‘minor’ it’s widely expected that the FIA will stop in need of giving out points penalties – as an alternative specializing in reprimands, fines and reduced development time and value cap in future seasons.
Yet, this suggestion has been downplayed by former Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone who has told Red Bull ‘things will worsen’ in an interview with German publication Blick. The business magnate sat on the very top of the game for over 40 years so knows greater than most about how punishments are handed out.
Ecclestone didn’t expand on what he meant by his comments but they suggest that more negative consequences may very well be coming Red Bull’s way. The Englishman can also be known to be a detailed friend of Christian Horner so may have already got advised the team chief to organize for the worst, with Hamilton the apparent beneficiary.
The associated fee cap saga has added much more controversy to Verstappen’s maiden title after his win within the season-defining Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was only possible in consequence of a botched Safety Automobile procedure by former race director Michael Masi. Many Hamilton supporters feel their man was robbed in consequence and that belief will only intensify if Red Bull avoids a points penalty.
Only time will tell what penalty the FIA will give out for the drinks manufacturer’s overspending – however the controversy surrounding the problem shouldn’t be prone to dissipate anytime soon.