Christian Horner ‘absolutely confident’ Red Bull hasn’t broken F1 cost cap

Christian Horner insists he doesn’t need to wait nervously to find out if Red Bull has breached F1’s cost caps.

The FIA ​​will announce on Wednesday which teams have met last term’s budget of $145m (£114m).

Ahead of Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix, Red Bull faced unproven claims that they had exceeded that number, potentially by more than five per cent, the equivalent of more than $7.25 million (£5.6 million). would. Red Bull rejects the allegations.

The sanctions available to the FIA ​​in the event of an infringement range from a reprimand to fines to the deduction of driver points – and even disqualification from the championship.

Hamilton was denied a record eighth crown when he was beaten by Verstappen in Abu Dhabi on December 12 in a highly contentious all-important final. Verstappen won the title by eight points.

When asked if he was nervous about the FIA’s ruling, Horner said: “No. We are absolutely convinced of our template.

We believe we are comfortably within the ceiling

“Our audit was signed off by our auditors. We believe we are comfortably within the ceiling.”

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff called on the FIA ​​to crack down on any team that has overspent. Horner responded by accusing Wolff of “massively defamatory bogus claims” and threatening a lawsuit.

When asked if a lawsuit remained on the table, Horner said, “Of course. What I said yesterday absolutely still stands. We will review all of our options.

“It was totally unacceptable to make a totally baseless claim – and on what basis? Where is this source of information?

“It was a confidential submission between the team and the FIA. I have no idea about the compliance of our rivals. Where does this information supposedly come from?

“We weren’t notified that we committed an infraction, so let’s finish and see where we are.”

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