In the summary: McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown tells the FIA that teams exceeding the budget cap ‘constitute cheating’ as the sport’s governing body ponders its response to breaches by Red Bull and Aston Martin.
Exceeding the budget cap is an act of ‘cheating’ – Brown
F1 teams that exceed the budget cap “constitute cheating”, Brown told the FIA in a letter to the governing body on the day the breaches were confirmed last week.
The letter, reported by the BBC, claimed that any team that exceeded financial restrictions should face a reduced cost cap for the following season and reductions in aero testing.
However, Brown pushed for more than just financial penalties. “We do not believe that a financial penalty alone would be an appropriate sanction for an overspending failure or a serious breach of procedure,” he said. “There must clearly be a sporting sanction in these cases, as determined by the FIA.
“We suggest that the overrun be penalized by a reduction in the team’s cost cap within one year of the decision, and that the penalty be equal to the overrun plus an additional fine – i.e. an overrun of $2 million in 2021, which is identified in 2022, would result in a $4 million deduction in 2023 ($2 million to compensate for the overrun plus $2 million fine).
“In addition, we believe there should be minor sporting penalties for overspending of a 20% reduction in CFD and wind tunnel time. These should be enforced the following year, to mitigate the unfair advantage the team enjoys and will continue to enjoy.
Last COTA corner named in honor of Mario Andretti
The Circuit of the Americas has announced that its final corner will be officially renamed “The Andretti” in honor of 1978 F1 world champion Mario Andretti.
Left turn 20 completes the circuit, emerging on the pit straight at the end of the lap. Along with his F1 title and 12 Grand Prix victories, Andretti won the 1969 Indianapolis 500 and four IndyCar championships, as well as the 1967 Daytona 500 and second place at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Andretti was the first driver to lap the completed COTA circuit in 2012. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held around the corner on Thursday ahead of Friday’s first day of practice for the United States Grand Prix.
Browning crowned GB3 champion
Hitech rider Luke Browning was crowned GB3 champion after securing second place in the penultimate race of the season at Donington Park.
Browning finished behind Tom Lebbon in a wet race at Donington Park to seal the title with one race to spare. He finished the season 46.5 points clear of Joel Granfors, with Lebbon nearly 100 points further back in third.
This is Browning’s second junior single-seater title after winning the 2020 British F4 Championship. As champion he earned the opportunity to complete a two-day test in an FIA Formula 3 car later This year.
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