Ferrari, following Mercedes, thinks the penalty that its rival Red Bull has received for exceeding the budget limit is too small. Italian Formula 1 team technical director Laurent Mekies said in Mexico that world champion Max Verstappen’s team will not miss out on a $7 million fine and a 10 percent reduction in the time the team can use the wind tunnel.
Red Bull exceeded the budget by 1.8 million euros, which is a “significant” amount, according to Mekies. “At Ferrari we believe that with this amount you can make the car a few tenths per lap faster. In our opinion, that can affect the results of the championship,” he said on Sky Italia.
He is particularly unhappy with the reduction in the time the team can spend doing aerodynamic tests in the wind tunnel. “At just 10 percent less, the profit that Red Bull has made from its overspending is far from being rectified,” said Mekies, who would prefer the FIA to punish Red Bull with a reduced budget. “Because the team can now spend the same amount of money and spend money that they can’t spend on the fairway, for example to make the car lighter. So the actual impact of the penalty will be much less.”