“I hope the penalty is harsh and hurts them”

While waiting for Red Bull to speak publicly about the infraction in the 2021 spending ceiling, or for the FIA ​​to specify the details and the possible penalty, it is the drivers who give their opinion about an unpleasant situation in the United States GP paddock . The Milton Keynes outfit exceeded the budget cap last year, when they won the drivers’ title with Verstappen against Hamilton after an iconic last lap; and this season they have swept both championships. The Dutchman secured his second Drivers’ World Championship in Japan and the manufacturer will sentence him this weekend unless Ferrari scores a double.

Bottas, Lando, Sainz, Stroll and Pérez, during the FIA ​​press conference in Austin.

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Bottas, Lando, Sainz, Stroll and Pérez, during the FIA ​​press conference in Austin.Jared C. TiltonAFP

Carlos Sainz commented at the press conference that he hopes that the theoretical sanction that comes to Red Bull will be exemplary, so that no team values ​​​​an excess of the spending ceiling that has good consequences in the following season. “I think all teams and drivers want clarity. and a level playing field. Years ago 350 million were spent and now it is 150 million so that this is under control. I hope that if there is a penalty, it will be significant enough to avoid overspending on next year’s car. If there is a spending ceiling, it is so that it is complied with,” says Sainz.

Bottas was involved because in 2021 he was still a driver for Mercedes, Red Bull’s great rival. “The rules are the rules and if you don’t follow them, there should be a penalty. We do not want anyone to want to take risks with the spending ceiling.either. I hope it will be a strict and hard penalty, that should not happen, there are many rules in F1 that must be followed. I hope it’s a penalty that really hurts them. We lost the drivers’ title by just a few points and A few million can make a big difference.” said the Finn.

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Checo defended that the Austrian team believes that “everything has been done within the norm”, the same position that Verstappen offered. Team boss Christian Horner is expected to give an explanation at some point over the weekend.

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