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Red Bull Agrees to Cost Cap Infringement Penalty with FIA

Red Bull and Aston Martin have agreed to sign the ABA, putting an end to the cost cap saga

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Aditya Saikrishna
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UNITED KINGDOM: Red Bull and Aston Martin, the two teams found guilty of breaching the budget cap, have reportedly agreed to an “Accepted Breach Agreement” (ABA) with the cost cap administration ahead of the Mexican GP.

Red Bull was found guilty of committing a “minor overspend,” while Aston Martin’s was a “procedural breach.”

Since the news of a potential budget cap infringement started during the Singapore GP weekend, the paddock has been full of opinions regarding the kind of punishment that should be handed out to the teams found guilty of the financial regulation breach.

The suggested punishments ranged from the removal of championship points from the current as well as the previous year’s championships to financial penalties.

As a part of the financial regulations laid out for the budget cap breaches, the two teams entered into ABA negotiations with the FIA, and as per reports, the teams have agreed to the penalties given by the FIA.

According to media outlet The Race, a fine and a reduction in the amount of aerodynamic testing is the most likely punishment that will be dished out to Red Bull.

Aston Martin’s penalty will be purely financial, similar to that of Williams earlier this year when the team was found to have committed a procedural breach which was duly rectified.

Red Bull will hold a press conference ahead of the first practise session of the Mexican GP on Friday at 11:30 am local time.

For Aston Martin, a UK tax issue is rumoured to be the cause of the cost cap breach, whereas Red Bull’s breach of around $1.8 million seems to have risen due to catering and sick leave by the employees.

Red Bull driver, Max Verstappen, when asked about his reaction to the cost cap breach, responded by saying that it was “a bit frustrating.” He echoed his team’s stance that the team had adhered to the cost cap limit.

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