Lewis Hamilton warns F1 over budget cap if Red Bull are not penalised heavily

Hamilton has previously made it clear he believes an overspend could have had a material effect on the outcome of the 2021 world championship, in which he was narrowly beaten to the title by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. The process is continuing regarding the breach, which the sport’s governing body considers “minor” – within 5% of the cap, anything up to a total of $7.25m. It is understood that the FIA has proposed the terms of an “accepted breach agreement” to Red Bull. Should Red Bull accept the agreement their penalties would be limited to a financial sanction but crucially not a reduction in a future budget cap, or minor sporting penalties including limitations on aerodynamic testing, but not a deduction of points from drivers or teams, removing any chance last year’s championship could be overturned. Should Red Bull not agree and take their case to an independent adjudication committee, they would then be subject to a full range of penalties.

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