May 28 - Some teams are refusing to budge as Red Bull leads a vocal campaign to see the budget cap raised in 2022 in order to tackle exploding inflation.

Red Bull's Christian Horner warned this week that unless the FIA agrees to an adjustment to the $140 million limit, only a few teams will still be standing by the season finale.

"That's great," grinned Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer. "Then we can move up in the championship standings.

"Can we already plan for that or was he just joking?"

Aston Martin boss Mike Krack agrees: "If they (Red Bull) don't compete anymore, it's just more points for the other teams. We follow the rules exactly.

"Our team is used to working efficiently. We're not at the point when we worry about not competing, but we do need to consider if, for example, a special package for Monza is still possible."

F1's technical boss Pat Symonds also has little sympathy, insisting that the biggest teams "are experiencing what I dealt with for most of my career".

"Even at Renault, there were no new parts after Monza normally, and if you'd had major accidents it would be even earlier."

Alfa Romeo boss Frederic Vasseur describes inflation as "a natural process" that the Swiss team "will manage somehow".

"Just turn off the wind tunnel," he advised the bigger teams in conversation with Auto Motor und Sport.

"There are always teams that scream for more money at every opportunity - when the sun shines hotter or the wind blows stronger."

When asked by DPA news agency about Horner's predictions of stationary F1 teams by the end of the season, Haas chief Gunther Steiner told DPA: "I have no option to tell my boss that I can't make it to the end of the season.

"You just have to start saving money now," he insisted. "As a businessman, you just have to make it to the end of the year."

Aston Martin's Mike Krack thinks the top teams are simply up to their old "strategic" tricks of trying to "limit the further development of the competition".


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6 F1 Fan comments on “Red Bull's budget cap problem 'great' says Alpine team boss

  1. shroppyfly

    There are some stupid comments being made by people

    F1's technical boss Pat Symonds also has little sympathy, insisting that the biggest teams "are experiencing what I dealt with for most of my career".( so you had to deal with inflation at 10% and freight costs dopubling for most of ypur career did you?) what a bellE...!!

    "Even at Renault, there were no new parts after Monza normally, and if you'd had major accidents it would be even earlier."

    Alfa Romeo boss Frederic Vasseur describes inflation as "a natural process" that the Swiss team "will manage somehow".(Sure inflation is normal but not at these levels, managing somehow is not what the budget cap is about)..BellE

    Of Course there's trickery about all this , but there's also the reality of post covid recovery and a war in Europe.............

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  2. Jere Jyrälä

    I'm with Otmar, Mike, but especially Fred on this subject.
    Simply stop current car development sooner.
    This should make staying within the cap achievable.

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  3. shroppyfly

    Wind tunnel time is strictly limited anyway to X amount of hours, in any case that doesnt cost $$$$$, its increased fuel/gas, wages and freight costs that people are complaining about, again of course there's jiggery pokery a foot, its F1, not with Pat on this one then?

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    • ReallyOldRacer

      Shrop', now they're whining about the electric bill. You seem quite sympathetic to Horny and the whiners. I don't get it. Did you see the RB barge to go along with their paddock condo? That might be go juice money, I don't know. Point is, as Gunny said, take the $$$ you're given and run it like a business. There are many expenses that could be prepaid and locked in. Anyway, as wimpy as the FIA is you'll probably get your way by halftime.

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      • shroppyfly

        Well commercial gas and electric here in UK has recently nearly doubled in price, so i do feel for anyone running a business with a further 30-50% rise due in Oct/Nov very very likely (with the same increases for domestic users too), Not sure on US inflation but here we are almost at 10%, so for the less well off individuals , right upto middle income earners, that hits the buying power , for f1 teams here's what dhl say about freight costs

        13 Oct 2021 — The latest DHL Air Freight State of the Industry reports that rates in July were 77 percent higher than 2019 and 18 percent higher than 2020 ..I haven't checked but no doubt they are a lot higher now due to aviation fuel costs, yes I know they hedge the prices somewhat, and putin's adventures in Europe

        Personally i couldn't care either way , but i'm just saying things have changed a lot for 2022

        Sympathetic ME .... Naw... or in Totos language No.... Ror.....Noooo that's not right.

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  4. shroppyfly

    Not sure how the fuel costs are in the US or Canada, but today filling an average car 55 Litres costs £100 compared with a year ago at £72, no wonder Jaxi is in a bad mood, C class repossessed no doubt .

    Petrol average per litre today in UK £1.82
    LPG average per litre today in UK £0.72

    But who loves LPG?

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