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If Red Bull are hit with a heavy punishment, the Constructors’ Championship leaders cannot say they weren’t warned.
Back in 2019, when laying out plans to implement the cost cap in time for 2022, F1’s chief technical officer and managing director Ross Brawn warned teams that they would face losing their grasp on the championship if they had been found to have been in breach of the regulations.
“Financial regulations are the dramatic change in F1,” Brawn said in the official reveal at an FIA press conference in Austin, Texas.
“We’ve tried for these in the past, and we’ve not been successful. I think the crucial thing about the financial regulations now is that they are part of the FIA regulations. So the sanctions for breaching financial regulations will be sporting penalties of some sort, depending on the severity of the breach.
“Whereas before we had the resource restriction, which was a gentlemen’s agreement between teams – well there’s not many gentlemen in the paddock I’m afraid, and that was a failure.
“But this has teeth. If you fraudulently breach the financial regulations, you will be losing your championship. So it has serious consequences if teams breach these regulations.”