Mattia Binotto questions budget cap rules after Red Bull chassis development

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto has questioned the budget cap and how well it is being monitored with Red Bull said to be developing a new, lighter chassis.

The Bulls were the pick of the bunch by some way at the Belgian Grand Prix as F1 returned from its summer break, and Max Verstappen was in a league of his own as he overcame several grid penalties to storm to victory by a big margin.

One of the weaknesses Red Bull were perceived to have was the weight of the car earlier in the season but that has now apparently been addressed, worryingly for their rivals, with them developing a new, lighter chassis mid-season which they could introduce within the next few races.

Indeed, it could well be the case that they are now just too hard to catch this year but Binotto has questioned just how Red Bull can produce such changes amid the budget cap.

Of course, the team from Milton Keynes will have weighed that up and will feel as though it was fine to proceed, but Binotto believes tighter monitoring is needed:

“I would be very surprised if that [rate of upgrades] was possible for other teams,” said Binotto. 

“We could never afford to develop a lightweight chassis – or any other chassis – during the season because the budget doesn’t allow it. I would be very surprised if that were possible for other teams.

SPA, BELGIUM – AUGUST 28: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 leads Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Ferrari F1-75 during the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 28, 2022 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)

“You have to ask yourself whether the monitoring is sufficient. Unfortunately, very few people keep an eye on it at the FIA. That needs to improve for the future. It would be really bad if the championship were decided by the financial rules.”

Ultimately, the Red Bull car was the strongest going into the summer break and now looks even better coming out of it, which is some feat.

The second half of the championship, as things stand, looks a rather foregone conclusion, then – but we’ll see what still unfolds.

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