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Ferrari speeds up Red Bull mind games as it takes aim at budget cap accusation against F1 rivals

ByDebra J. Aguilar

May 14, 2022

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has put pressure on Red Bull by suggesting the Milton Keynes-based team have spent more of their budget on upgrades than prancing horses.

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto caused a stir with his comments

Ferrari has kicked off the mind games with rivals Red Bull as the Formula 1 season heats up.

The Scuderia have fired the first shots in what promises to be a new rivalry as longtime leaders Mercedes struggle to keep pace. Pit lane whispers suggest that Red Bull has already spent more of its budget on car upgrades than its Italian rivals.

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto caused a stir with his comments. He said: “Hopefully at some point Red Bull can’t grow any more because there is a budget cap for a reason. If they can, then I don’t understand (why).

Binotto hinted that Red Bull had already spent far more of the $140m budget cap than his team. However, insiders in Max Verstappen’s camp think it’s little more than hot air.

They highlighted the restructuring within the team – fewer team members going to the track and more work being done at the Milton Keynes factory.

Red Bull insists it is sticking to the schedule established before the start of the season and maintains that any major upgrades will come after the summer break.







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Both teams are moving forward with improvements. Ferrari has announced a major upgrade package for the next race in Spain after two wins while Red Bull is focusing its efforts on weight loss.

Helmut Marko, Red Bull advisor, said: “The car has lost weight but we still have work to do in this area. We are still above the FIA ​​minimum weight. We need to work towards numbers and this will be done in several stages. »

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