fia f1 red bull breach cap

GrandPrix247 2022 Team News of the Year: Red Bull F1 cost cap breach

fia f1 red bull breach cap

It’s awards season! The time of year when we at GrandPrix247 look back on the 2022 Formula 1 season and choose who gets one of our awards. Our Team News of the year? Red Bull’s cost cap breach.

Not that Red Bull should be really proud of this, but the news regarding their breach of 2021’s F1 cost cap won this award over several other worthy candidates.

We had Mattia Binotto’s resignation from Ferrari that initiated a team boss merry-go-round at the end of the season with Frederic Vasseur replacing him at Maranello, the latter replaced by Andreas Seidl who left McLaren to lead the Audi/Sauber venture ahead of 2026.

Speaking of Audi, there was the news that they will be joining F1 and buying into Sauber, not to mention the breakdown of negotiations between Porsche and Red Bull regarding an F1 tie-up just when it was thought to be a formality.

As if F1 needed more controversy

cost cap breach budget cap penalties guilty f1 gavel mallet red bull fia rules broken cheat f1 horner

But Red Bull breaching the cost cap in 2021 shook the whole F1 world especially as it came after Max Verstappen won the Title last year beating Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi’s season finale and what went down there following season-long toxicities between Brackley and Milton Keynes, the repercussions of which are still refusing to go away.

That meant F1 became the scene of extreme polarization over the breach matter with accusations of cheating flying around, while Red Bull maintained their innocence claiming they haven’t overspent, or the extra spending was on catering.

Without going back into the details, Red Bull negotiated and signed an Accepted Breach Agreement with the FIA that saw them pay a hefty $7-Million fine to the sport’s governing body while having to make do with 10% less time in the wind tunnel for the coming 12 months – an outcome no one agreed it being fair or not, not even Red Bull.

The cost cap saga was a serious matter that caused havoc in the F1 community over several weeks, adding to the controversy of the 2021 season, an issue the sport is yet to recover from and will no doubt rear its ugly head in the future, because this story is not finished… (Compiled by Jad Mallak)

Reader Votes:

2022 news of the year red bull fia cost cap f1