Verstappen to keep his title even after the budget cap scandal

Franz Tost Germany

Max Verstappen is all set to keep his 2021 World Title even after FIA’s investigation deemed Red Bull guilty of a budget cap breach last season.

A couple of weeks ago rumors swirled around a possible budget cap breach in 2021. Two teams – Red Bull and Aston Martin were the two teams caught in the center of the scandal.

FIA now officially confirmed that Red Bull and Aston Martin were found guilty. Red Bull was found guilty of a ‘minor’ breach of F1’s cost cap.

The governing body found Aston Martin guilty of a procedural breach.

Earlier reports indicated an overspent of more than $10 million. However, the latest reports suggest that it was a minor breach of around $1m-$2m.

“The FIA Cost Cap Administration is currently determining the appropriate course of action to be taken under the Financial Regulations with respect to Aston Martin and Red Bull and further information will be communicated in compliance with the Regulations,”

read an FIA statement on Monday afternoon.

Red Bull, however, has again denied any knowledge of a budget breach from their side. It is expected that Red Bull will challenge this ruling. Horner has also defended the team right from the start.

The penalty for minor overspent can vary from a fine to a deduction of championship points. This led to the rise of rumors of Verstappen getting stripped of his 2021 World Title.

However, this seems highly unlikely. Red Bull is expected to just get a fine for the breach. Red Bull can appeal but it doesn’t look like they would as it could increase the severity of the penalties.

FIA vice president Robert Reid also hinted that Red Bull would not face major penalties.

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