After breaking the 2021 cost cap, Red Bull believe that six teams could be breaching the cost cap for the 2022 season.
Red Bull were given a $7 million fine and a 10% reduction in aerodynamic testing for the next 12 months for going over the 2021 season budget of $145 million. Since then, Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has spoken about the cost cap in relation to the rise of inflation and energy prices. He explained to Auto Motor Und Sport:
“I think the current situation is that six teams are above it. Inflation is something that was not calculable to that extent. Especially with energy costs.”
Marko continued to explain that he feels the cost cap is not having much of an effect anyway. He said:
“So far, the budget cap has not changed anything at all. Why should it be different in the future? You simply have to develop better.
“Of course, we are affected by the fact that we already have fewer wind tunnel hours because we won the constructors’ championship. Now we have to get every test right. But in the end it always depends on the quality of the staff.”
After concerns being raised by many teams, the 2022 cost cap was increased by 3.1% in July to take into account the global inflation crisis. Despite this, Red Bull still feel that some teams will have gone over the budget but do feel confident they will not be going over the budget themselves.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner also spoke about the situation. He said:
“A danger for 2022 is that there could be six teams in breach of the cap. Energy prices have been exponential, but thankfully we’ve been protected from that.
“But there is that chance that several teams, many of which have stated it during F1 commission meetings, will break the cap this year. We do not believe that we will break the cap in 2022, but these penalties set precedent for the future. So if you get 10% for 0.37% breach, what is the 5% breach going to be?”