Word on the street is that a high-profile team has breached the F1 cost cap, an initiative introduced in 2021 and agreed upon by all teams up and down the F1 paddock. In the last week, rumors have hit a fever pitch and although no names have been mentioned, Red Bull and Aston Martin are in the line of fire. The current F1 cost cap is set at $145 annually, Aston Martin is rumored to have overspent by a few hundred thousand, Red Bull by significantly more, possibly multiples of millions. In the run-up to the Japanese Grand Prix Toto Wolff, Mercedes team boss, said it was an open secret that two teams had breached the cost cap.
Wolff mentioned no names other than suggesting Christian Horner should “talk to his CFO”, Chief Finance Officer. It was an indirect barb at Red Bull. Then Scuderia Ferrari boss Laurent Mekies waded into the debate warning the FIA that if the cost cap was indeed breached by another team then it was “game over” for the initiative. Speaking to GPFans Mekies said:
“It is a very vital test for the cost cap. If we don’t pass that test then it is probably game over because the implications are huge… I know it [potential penalties] are what the people in the grandstands want [to hear]. I respect that.”