Red Bull Racing has recently dominated headlines when it was rumoured to have massively exceeded the 2021 budget cap. With fans of the sport wondering if this could affect Max Verstappen’s 2021 Championship victory, the news has spread quickly across the grid. Toto Wolff, as well as a number of other team principals, has told the press that he hopes there will be strict punishments if it turns out to be true.
Aston Martin has also been called into question in regards to the budget cap of last year, but Christian Horner, Red Bull chief, has slung back at these accusations, telling the press that these allegations were false and defamatory, despite Wolff saying they have been under investigation “for weeks and months”.
Horner has since retaliated, telling Sky Sports that this isn’t true.
“That is complete rubbish. We heard from the FIA 10 days ago, asking some questions for clarifications as you would do in a standard audit. I don’t think that’s a six-month investigation. Most of the time we’ve had visits they’ve been en route from Brackley.”
He continued, putting into context the number of cutbacks his team has had to endure:
“It’s disappointing to have these serious allegations made against the team and the people. When I hear Mercedes took the pain of making 40 redundancies, that’s less than 50% of the redundancies and pain that we’ve been through at Red Bull Racing.
“I was pleased to see the FIA come out and say they are in their process and no results have been provided. Let’s follow that process and see where we end up.”