Christian Horner says he hopes Red Bull’s talks with the FIA over an alleged budget cap breach will be concluded by the end of the US Grand Prix weekend.
The outcome of Red Bull and the budget cap has been pretty much all everyone has been talking about since the Monday after the Singapore Grand Prix, with the FIA confirming it had committed a minor breach of budget cap rules.
Horner was spotted speaking with FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem on the opening day of the action in Austin as the two sides work toward a resolution.
The Red Bull boss has confirmed they negotiated an accepted breakup agreement (ABA) with the FIA and hoped that the process would be concluded as soon as possible.
“The process according to the regulations is that we have been asked to enter into an ABA which is, for a minor infringement and a procedural infringement, you have the opportunity to discuss with the FIA and present your case, your position”, a- he declared. during a press conference.
“We have been in this process and have been for the last 10 days or so, going back and forth with the FIA.
“I was hoping it would be resolved before this weekend. I hope it can be resolved over the course of this weekend, but if that doesn’t happen, the next process is the cap administration process. costs, and then beyond that is the International Court of Appeal so that she can stretch it out for another six, nine months.
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“Which is not our intention, we want a closure in 2021. We have had healthy and productive discussions with the FIA and I hope to be able to reach a conclusion in the near future.”
Horner declined to clarify exactly what penalty was offered to them, but said that once everything was settled he would detail the process and what their position was.
“What is the penalty? I can’t tell you that obviously this is a confidential discussion between us and the FIA,” he said. “What I will say is that once this situation is over, I hope there will be full transparency and I will explain to you the reasoning behind the submission and the position we had.
“Why we felt each of the line elements that were disputed, we believe there is a contrary position. It should be transparent. The whole must be transparent. There will be no secret deal. I think that would be absolutely over the edge – it’s very different from previous situations.
He was also asked if any overtaking, no matter how small, had provided an advantage on the track, but Horner said Red Bull had “no advantage from it”.
“What you need to look at is what are the relevant costs? And what are the relevant costs within the cap and what is outside the cap? That’s where the interpretation comes from. Our view is that our relevant costs are in the camp,” added Horner.
“Now obviously we’re in discussion with the FIA about what those costs are and what the potential mitigating circumstances are. So we haven’t had any benefit from a development point of view or from an operational point of view, either for 2021 or for 2022.”