Ferrari criticized Red Bull’s penalty: “Then you get the effect that they are spending money elsewhere”

Ferrari criticized Red Bull’s penalty: “Then you get the effect that they are spending money elsewhere”


Yesterday, the Red Bull Racing team received their punishment for exceeding the budget limit in 2021. The FIA ​​has decided that Red Bull must pay a fine of seven million dollars and that they will be given a limited time in the fairway. While Ferrari are not at all happy with the punishment.

Controversy over Red Bull Racing’s budget overruns has dogged the sport in recent weeks. Obviously the competing teams soon had their opinions already, almost every team was of the opinion that a very severe penalty should follow. So the punishment given was not good for everyone.

A large amount

Red Bull exceeded the budget level in 2021 by about 1.8 million euros. This seems like a minor violation and therefore the penalty is not as severe as the competition wanted. Laurent Mekies, Ferrari’s sporting director, also criticizes Sky Italia: “In recent weeks there has been a lot of talk about what the team can do with extra millions. This is a huge amount. We think this is about a few. ten per round , so it makes sense to think that this had an impact on the race and maybe even the championship.”

The effect

The fact that Red Bull is allowed to spend ten percent less time in the wind tunnel also applies to Ferrari. Mekies: “We are not happy with this penalty for two reasons. We do not understand how the reduction corresponds to the same time we mentioned. Since the penalty is not limited to the budget, you get the effect of spending money elsewhere. For example, we have the freedom to spend money to reduce the weight of car and who else. Our concern is that the combination of these factors will ensure that the impact of the penalty is minimal.”