Red Bull and FIA on track to finalize Formula 1 cost cap at Mexico City GP

Red Bull and FIA have been in talks since the team was accused on October 10 of exceeding the $145 million cost cap from 2021; announcement of ‘accepted breach agreement’ and punishment expected Friday afternoon UK time; Red Bull gets small sporty penalty

Last updated: 27/10/22 22:34

Red Bull and FIA head for 'accepted breach of contract'

Red Bull and FIA head for ‘accepted breach of contract’

Red Bull and the FIA ​​are heading for an ‘accepted breach of contract’ and an end to the saga of Formula 1’s cost caps, Sky Sports understands.

Talks between the newly crowned world champion and the sport’s governing body have been ongoing since Red Bull was accused on October 10 of a ‘minor’ violation of last season’s $145 million spending cap.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner and FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem spoke at length over the United States GP weekend, only to put the talks on hold following the death of Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz.

The two sides resume talks ahead of the Mexico City GP, and Sky Sports understands they are now close to an accepted breach deal [ABA]with an announcement expected Friday afternoon UK time.

Christian Horner denies that Red Bull took any advantage of a charge cap violation and believes the relevant charges are within the cap

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Christian Horner denies that Red Bull took any advantage of a charge cap violation and believes the relevant charges are within the cap

Christian Horner denies that Red Bull took any advantage of a charge cap violation and believes the relevant charges are within the cap

Aston Martin is also said to be on the verge of reaching an agreement with the FIA ​​for their procedural violation.

It is believed that Red Bull will face a small sporting fine on top of a possible fine, with the ABA – which is being pursued by the FIA ​​under the regulations – excluding the more serious penalties, such as deducting points.

“I think it will be a financial pain and a loss of wind tunnel time,” said Sky Sports F1’s Martin Brundle. “Something that Red Bull will very much have to overcome in 2023.”

Red Bull is said to have crossed the $145 million limit by $1.8 million, although they have insisted all along that their first submission in March of the limit was below the limit, presumably $4.5 million.

Martin Brundle explains why he thinks penalties for breaking F1's cost cap should be 'painful'

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Martin Brundle explains why he thinks penalties for breaking F1’s cost cap should be ‘painful’

Martin Brundle explains why he thinks penalties for breaking F1’s cost cap should be ‘painful’

Horner, in an impassioned defense of his Austin team, said the change to the rules on unused spare parts for the car had persuaded Red Bull and they were arguing over the relevant costs.

An ABA would see Red Bull admit their wrongdoing and accept a penalty from the FIA. Crucially for F1’s fastest team, it rules out points deductions – both drivers and constructors of Max Verstappen’s first title-winning 2021 campaign – and a cut in future caps.

Nico Rosberg has described the cost cap saga with Red Bull as 'terrible' and says the FIA ​​must make a tough decision about the penalty to be imposed

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Nico Rosberg has described the cost cap saga with Red Bull as ‘terrible’ and says the FIA ​​must make a tough decision about the penalty to be imposed

Nico Rosberg has described the cost cap saga with Red Bull as ‘terrible’ and says the FIA ​​must make a tough decision about the penalty to be imposed

Horner has promised full transparency on the cost cap once talks are finalized.

Mexico City live GP schedule on Sky Sports F1

Thursday 20:00: Press conference drivers

Friday 6pm: The F1 Show 7pm: Mexico City GP Practice One9.45am: Mexico City GP Practice Two (session starts 10pm)

Saturday 5:45 PM: Mexico City GP Practice Three (session starts 6:00 PM) 8:00 PM: Mexico City GP build-up 9:00 PM: MEXICO CITY GP QUALIFICATION 10:45 AM: Ted’s Qualifying Notebook

Sunday 6:30pm: Grand Prix Sunday: Mexico City GP Buildup 8:00pm: THE MEXICO CITY GRAND PRIX 10pm: Checkered Flag: Mexico City GP Reaction 11pm: Ted’s Notebook11:30pm: Mexico City GP Highlights

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