Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2022

Red Bull’s budget cap penalty gives “extra motivation” for 2023 – Verstappen

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Red Bull aero test restriction “extra motivation” for 2023 – Verstappen

The penalty Red Bull received for exceeding the budget cap in 2021 will give the team “extra motivation” to keep winning next year, says Max Verstappen.

Red Bull will lose 10% of their allocated wind tunnel and CFD testing time under the regulations in 2023 – in addition to their $7 million fine – after they agreed to a punishment offered by the FIA over their breach of the Financial Regulations. Verstappen says Red Bull, who have won this year’s constructors’ championship, will not be deterred by the disadvantage.

“It will affect us, but how much, I don’t know yet,” Verstappen said. “But I am confident that the team and the people we have, they can use that as extra motivation to try and do even better.

“I know, of course, they always give their best. We have a very competitive car, we have a lot of great ideas, I think, already for next year as well with the car. And hopefully it’s going to be enough.”

Missing second practice only a concern if it rains – Albon

Alexander Albon says missing second practice to allow future team mate Logan Sargeant to drive his car in his place will only be a concern if it rains.

Albon will drive in the first practice session and qualify on Friday, before handing his car over to Sargeant for the second and final practice session on Saturday morning. Despite missing out on an hour of track time, Albon says he would rather miss second practice than the opening session.

“For sure it will have a small effect,” Albon said. “It’s better to lose FP2 here than FP1, just the way that qualifying is obviously on the Friday. I think, generally speaking, it should be fine.

“The main concern is obviously if it’s wet on Saturday and it’s dry on Friday – then there might be a bit of learning to do in the sprint race. But that’ll be some fun.”

Gasly aiming to drive Alpine in post-season test

Pierre Gasly says that he and Alpine are working to allow for him to drive the team’s car in the post-season test in Abu Dhabi after next weekend’s grand prix.

A two-day test will be held at the Yas Marina circuit on the Tuesday and Wednesday after the test. Only so-called ‘young drivers’ will be allowed to driver for one of the two days, while teams are permitted to run a race driver on the other day to help collect more data on next year’s Pirelli tyre compounds.

Gasly will be departing the AlphaTauri team to move to Alpine following the race. Asked if it is intended that he will drive the A522 in the test, Gasly said “we’re discussing about it and if that’s possible, that will be the case, yes.”

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With F1 considering revising its controversial sprint race format when it expands to six rounds in 2023, @f1frog isn’t convinced that divorcing sprint races from setting the grand prix grid will be an improvement…

Probably an unpopular opinion but I actually think this will be worse. I am very much an advocate for the scrapping of the sprint races, but there are two things I do like about them. Firstly, I like it when there is a variation of tyre choice and those on softs start well but fade later in the race compared to those on mediums, which is just about the only appeal of a short F1 race in general. But the other thing I quite like is knowing that if there were to be some kind of incident between the lead drivers, they would be starting on the back row together for the actual Grand Prix which would be thrilling. And although the drivers are generally more cautious in a sprint race because of the risk of crashing, I don’t think this would change a huge amount if it was a standalone event, because I don’t think there are too many opportunities anyway for this to make a huge difference.

Also, more points would have to be awarded if it was a standalone event, which would very much devalue the Grand Prix just as the feature races in Formula 2 are devalued by the sprint races. And I would be fearful that making them a standalone event would be an opportunity to use reversed grids, which would certainly compromise Formula 1’s position as the ‘pinnacle of motorsport.’

Effectively, the whole idea is just a disaster, and the only way it could possibly work was if it was part of a sprint championship that was completely separate from the main championship, with a reward of prize money only, and maybe including rookies and gimmicks.
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17 comments on “Red Bull’s budget cap penalty gives “extra motivation” for 2023 – Verstappen”

  1. They acting the victims again…


    2. Well, the whole thing could be fraudulent behavior from the FIA to slow down RBs success. 0,37% is a percentage that fits ‘grasping for straws’ and there was some situation to settle vs last season’s final. Organisations like FIFA and FIA are known for their less ethical and money driven behavior and often populated by former employees of participants. I dont trust the situation that has unfolded at all, especially since the cat was already out of the bag before any official announcement. Seems like at least Mercedes is well embedded within FIA.

      1. Its about the cost cap breach of RBR

      2. Whoever from Mercedes is “embedded within FIA” needs to be doing a better job. Red Bull have won 2 consecutive drivers titles, this year’s constructors and have slightly reduced wind tunnel time and a bit of a cash punishment for breaching the cost cap.

      3. Yeah, it feels a bit like Toto calling for: “Well, all I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more that we have.” The FIA is ruling party, judge and executioner in this saga. Neither RBR nor any other top team seem to have the moral high ground, but all of them think they do… @oweng: I would urge any top 5 team that claims the penalty isn’t sufficiant or meaningfull to donate the same amount of money and wind tunnel time to the bottom three teams, put up or shut up.

      4. Mayrton: 0,37% is a percentage that fits ‘grasping for straws’

        So if percentages that small are insignificant, can I have 0.37% of your annual salary please? After all, it is next to nothing, you won’t miss it, it only takes you one day to earn it, so no big deal.

        1. ;-) DM me your IBAN

  2. Appendicitis seems to have an undefeated qualifying record against racing drivers.

  3. Do the sprint races in ford fiestas.

    1. Do the sprint races in ford fiestas.

      F1 hopefuls in last year’s car.
      Experience for the prospective driver (next year’s rookie), a competition and time filler in the weekend.

      Less complaining from Hans Christian Horner about the cost (this bit is somewhat wishful thinking)

    2. Will never happen of course, but from an entertainment perspective, having the drivers compete in a short spec series race each weekend for fun would probably be a hit with the viewers.

      1. It has been done before, in BMW M1 I believe in the late 70’s

  4. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to watch a modern-day Formula 1 car on the Nordschleife?

  5. First Albon, now Vandoorne. At this rate, I wonder who’s the next driver with a similar fate.

    While COTD makes valid points, I’d still be okay with the separation idea.

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