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F1 News: Max Verstappen Talks Red Bull Cost Cap Breach – “Not Really Up To Me”

With rumours that Red Bull has breached the cost cap of the 2021 F1 season, Max Verstappen was asked about his views of what’s happening ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.

With rumours that Red Bull have blown past the cap of $145m by a significant margin, fans are wondering what will happen when the FIA releases its findings on the 10th of this month.

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 10: Second placed Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing attends the press conference after the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 10, 2022 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202207100343 // Usage for editorial use only //

Lewis Hamilton has previously been very vocal about how much the Red Bull was developed last year in comparison to this Mercedes, and now Verstappen has been able to share his thoughts:

“I mean that’s normally what should have been the case already,” Verstappen told Sky Sports F1. “I think we have our reasons to believe that we are good – that’s what I’ve been told and we will find out on Monday.

“It’s something between the team and the FIA, and it’s not really up to me. I am here to drive fast and give the best result that I can for the team.”

Obviously, the driver isn’t wanting to get pulled into the conflict between teams and maintains a healthy position outside of the drama.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 30: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing looks on in the garage during final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 30, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202207300165 // Usage for editorial use only //

He was then asked about how he feels about going into the Japanese GP after a challenging weekend in Singapore.

“It would make it a little bit extra special, because of our relationship with Honda,” he said in regards to clinching the championship this coming weekend.

“It was a shame that we couldn’t be here last year, in the title fight. So that’s why we are really looking forward to being back here. We’ll see what happens. We need a perfect weekend, that’s for sure.

“It would be very nice if it happens, but if it doesn’t happen here I will be even more in favour at the next weekend. Doesn’t really change anything, you just want to have a good weekend and maximise everything you can.

“Of course I need a perfect weekend to be able to clinch the title here. But to be honest, I’m not really thinking about it too much.”

Alex Harrington

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