Red Bull and FIA edging towards Formula 1 cost cap conclusion at Mexico City GP

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Red Bull and FIA have been in talks since team were accused of going over 2021’s $145m cost cap on October 10; announcement on ‘accepted breach agreement’ and punishment expected on Friday afternoon UK time; Red Bull set to be handed minor sporting penalty

Last Updated: 28/10/22 4:18pm


Red Bull and the FIA are heading towards an ‘accepted breach agreement’

Red Bull and the FIA are edging towards an ‘accepted breach agreement’ and an end to Formula 1’s cost cap saga, Sky Sports understands.

Talks between the newly-crowned world champions and the sport’s governing body have been ongoing since Red Bull were accused of a ‘minor’ breach of last season’s $145m spending limit on October 10.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner and FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem spoke extensively during the United States GP weekend, only for talks to be put on hold following the death of Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz.

The two parties resumed discussions ahead of the Mexico City GP, and Sky Sports understands they now close to an accepted breach agreement [ABA], with an announcement expected on Friday afternoon UK time.

Christian Horner denies Red Bull have gained any advantage from any cost cap breach and believes the relevant costs are within the cap

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Christian Horner denies Red Bull have gained any advantage from any cost cap breach and believes the relevant costs are within the cap

Christian Horner denies Red Bull have gained any advantage from any cost cap breach and believes the relevant costs are within the cap

Aston Martin are also believed to be on the brink of an agreement with the FIA for their procedural breach.

It is believed that Red Bull will receive a minor sporting penalty on top of a possible fine, with the ABA – pursued by the FIA as per regulations – ruling out the offence’s more serious punishments, such as a points deduction.

“I think it will be financial pain and a loss of wind tunnel time,” said Sky Sports F1’s Martin Brundle. “Something that Red Bull will very much have to overcome in 2023.”

Red Bull are understood to have gone over the $145m limit by $1.8m, although have insisted throughout that their initial submission back in March of the limit was under the cap, thought to be by $4.5m.

Martin Brundle explains why he believes punishments for breaching F1's cost cap should be 'painful'

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Martin Brundle explains why he believes punishments for breaching F1’s cost cap should be ‘painful’

Martin Brundle explains why he believes punishments for breaching F1’s cost cap should be ‘painful’

Horner, in an impassioned defence of his team in Austin, said the change in rules over unused spare parts for the car had pushed Red Bull over and that they were arguing their case over the relevant costs.

An ABA would see Red Bull admit their wrongdoing and accept a punishment from the FIA. Crucially for F1’s fastest team, it rules out points deductions – both drivers’ and constructors’ from Max Verstappen’s maiden title-winning 2021 campaign – as well as a reduction in future caps.

Nico Rosberg has described the cost cap saga involving Red Bull as 'horrible', and says the FIA have a difficult decision to make on what punishment to impose

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Nico Rosberg has described the cost cap saga involving Red Bull as ‘horrible’, and says the FIA have a difficult decision to make on what punishment to impose

Nico Rosberg has described the cost cap saga involving Red Bull as ‘horrible’, and says the FIA have a difficult decision to make on what punishment to impose

Horner has promised full transparency on the cost cap once there is a conclusion to talks.

Live Mexico City GP schedule on Sky Sports F1

Thursday
8pm: Drivers’ Press Conference

Friday
6pm: The F1 Show
7pm: Mexico City GP Practice One
9.45pm: Mexico City GP Practice Two (session starts 10pm)

Saturday
5.45pm: Mexico City GP Practice Three (session starts 6pm)
8pm: Mexico City GP Qualifying Build-up
9pm: MEXICO CITY GP QUALIFYING
10.45pm: Ted’s Qualifying Notebook

Sunday
6.30pm: Grand Prix Sunday: Mexico City GP Build-up
8pm: THE MEXICO CITY GRAND PRIX
10pm: Chequered Flag: Mexico City GP Reaction
11pm: Ted’s Notebook
11.30pm: Mexico City GP Highlights

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