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Sainz calls for strict cost cap penalties

Carlos Sainz. Credits: James Moy.

Carlos Sainz believes that the penalties for budget cap breaches have to “take the appetite away” from overspending.

The FIA confirmed last week that Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin did not manage to comply with the budget cap rules in the 2021 F1 season. Aston Martin committed a procedural breach, while Red Bull Racing had a procedural breach and minor overspending.

The federation reportedly offered Red Bull to sign an Accepted Breach Agreement in order to settle the incident.

“I think every team and driver just wants clarity first of all,” Sainz commented on the matter ahead of the United States GP.

“Secondly, [we want] fairness. We all know how much one-two-three-four million can make on car development and speed in Formula 1.

“That’s why years ago, the top three teams were spending $350 million, and now we are spending $150 million to keep these things under control.

“I just hope that if there is a penalty, it is relatively important to take the appetite away from overspending two or three million on next year’s car because you think it is worth it.

“It just needs to be clear for everyone.

“If there is a cost cap, it is there to be followed, and I just hope the FIA takes the right decisions to make sure that everyone follows it.”

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