Christian Horner has reignited Red Bull’s feud with the FIA with a sarcastic remark over the fine dished out to his team last year. Horner was left furious when speculation became rife that his team had exceeded the budget cap in the 2021 campaign, which culminated in Max Verstappen’s dramatic title win in Abu Dhabi.
He threatened legal action when some rival team bosses spoke out about the budget cap allegations, only to be left red-faced when an FIA investigation ruled Red Bull were guilty of a minor breach. They were duly fined £5.8 million, and handed a restriction in wind tunnel testing time.
Horner later acknowledged that his team had mistakenly thought catering costs were excluded from the budget cap, as it is considered a company-wide benefit.
Red Bull’s primary focus this week will be success at the season opening Bahrain Grand Prix, with both Verstappen and Sergio Perez showing good pace in P1 and P2. However, it appears last year’s dispute with the FIA is still at the forefront of Horner’s mind.
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