Since news broke that Red Bull exceeded the budget limit in 2021, the Formula 1 team have been on the receiving end of criticism.
Red Bull have defended themselves, but the rest of the teams believe that they should be handed an huge punishment, not being pleased with the FIA’s seven million euro fine, as well as a 10 percent reduction in their aerodynamic development allowed for the next 12 months.
Meanwhile, 1997 title-winner Jacques Villeneuve does not believe that Red Bull have cheated.
“When McLaren received that mega 100 million euro fine, nothing happened either,” he wrote in his column for Formule.nl.
“The ruling and the penalty for Red Bull have not yet made it clear to me what is and what is not allowed and what penalty you will get for it.
“In any case, it’s not cheating. Lying about traction control is cheating.”
What about the seven million euro fine?
Villeneuve wonders what will happen to the money Red Bull will pay as a fine, stressing that it will neither be damaging for the team nor will benefit the rest.
“What I have trouble with is that the FIA is now cashing out 7m euros,” Villeneuve added.
“So it has hardly any effect for Red Bull and the other teams don’t get a cent from it.
“The 10 percent less time in the wind tunnel does hurt, it will slow them down. But it does not give the others a lap time, part of the fine would help. Just divide that among the teams.”
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