In summary: McLaren Racing chief executive Zach Brown told the FIA that teams breaching the budget cap “is cheating”, given the sport’s governing body’s response to Red Bull and Aston Martin’s breaches.
Violation of budget capital is an act of “fraud” – Brown
The F1 teams’ breach of the budget ceiling “constitutes fraud,” Brown told the FIA in a letter to the governing body last week, on the day the breaches were confirmed.
The letter, reported by the BBC, argued that any team found to have exceeded the financial limits would face cost-cutting and aerodynamic testing for next season.
However, Brown pushed for more than financial sanctions. “We don’t feel that a fine alone would be an appropriate penalty for excessive spending violations or serious violations,” he said. “In these circumstances, clearly there should be a sporting penalty as determined by the FIA.
“In the year following the decision, the excess spending would be penalized by reducing the team’s spending and the penalty should be equal to the additional spending plus the additional penalty – that is, spending more than $2m in 2021, which in 2021 Set aside in 2022, it will result in a $4m reduction in 2023 ($2m in overspending and a $2m penalty).
“We also believe there should be a 20% reduction in minimum sporting fines during CFD and wind tunnel periods. It should be implemented next year to address the unfair advantage the team has.”
The final COTA corner is named in honor of Mario Andretti
The American circuit has announced that the final corner will officially be called “The Andretti” in honor of 1978 F1 World Champion Mario Andretti.
A left hand turn completes the 20 cycle, leading directly to the hole at the end of the thigh. As well as 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 Le Mans 24 Hours.
Andretti in 2010 He was the first driver to complete a lap of the COTA circuit in 2012. Ahead of Friday’s opening practice day for the United States Grand Prix, the inauguration ceremony will take place at the corner on Thursday.
Browning became GB3 champion
Hitech driver Luke Browning was crowned GB3 champion after finishing second in the final at Donington Park.
Browning finished the race one race behind Tom LeBon in the wet at Donington Park. He finished the season 46.5 points ahead of Joel Granfors, and Libon is close to 100 points in third place.
It is Browning’s second junior single-seater title after winning the 2020 British F4 Championship. As a champion, he won the opportunity to complete a two-day test in an FIA Formula 3 car at the end of this year.
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