Wednesday before the 2022 Formula one Japanese GP was the day the FIA were set to issue budget compliance certificates to the teams who met the 2021 cost cap. Yet for the third time this event has been postponed. At the Singapore GP weekend a furore emerged over whether Red Bull Racing had significantly breached the 2021 cost cap and in effect ‘bought’ Max Verstappen last season’s drivers’ title.
Christian Horner strenuously denied his team were in breach of the spending limit. When asked if he was concerned about the FIA’s findings the Red Bull boss replied, “No. We’re absolutely confident in our submission.
“Our audit was signed off by our auditors. We believe we are comfortably within the cap.”
FIA delay F1 compliance announcements again
Helmut Marko revealed there were six points of clarification outstanding with the FIA and if rested as Red Bull believed they should be the result would see Red Bull Racing even further under the cost cap.
In a statement this afternoon, the FIA said the “analysis of financial submissions is a long and complex process that is ongoing”
“The FIA informs that the conclusion of the analysis of the 2021 financial submissions of the Formula One teams and the subsequent release of Certificates of Compliance to the Financial Regulations will not take place on Wednesday, 5 October.
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“The analysis of financial submissions is a long and complex process that is ongoing and will be concluded to enable the release of the Certificates on Monday, 10 October.
“The Financial Regulations were agreed unanimously by all competitors, who have worked positively and collaboratively with the FIA Cost Cap Administration throughout this first year under the Financial Regulations.
Mole issuing leaks within the FIA denied
The FIA address the storm that blew up in the Singapore paddock where Toto Wolff claimed to have information that Red Bull Racing had massively breached the 2021 cost cap.
“As previously communicated, there has been significant and unsubstantiated speculation and conjecture in relation to this matter, and the FIA reiterates that until it is finalised, no further information will be provided.
The detailed nature of the Mercedes boss claims led Red Bull and others to speculate on the source who had revealed this to Wolff. Speculation then formed that Mercedes ex-legal advisor who recently joined the FIA had leaked the information to her old team.
Apparently not – for now
“The FIA also reiterates that any suggestion that FIA personnel have disclosed sensitive information is equally baseless.”
Red Bull defamation proceedings against Wolff
Whilst Toto Wolff is demanding the FIA take a robust position against any team breaching the 2021 cost cap, Christian Horner responded that Red Bull will be taking advice on Mercedes “hugely defamatory, fictitious claims”.
Legal proceedings against Wolff have been threatened by the Red Bull management, though as yet nothing has been filed in the UK courts.
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