Lewis Hamilton believes cost cap offenders should be penalized

Lewis Hamilton believes cost cap offenders should be penalized

Lewis Hamilton, a seven-time world champion, demanded on Thursday that any teams breaking Formula One’s budget regulations face severe penalties in the wake of reports that several had gone over a cost limit the previous season.

The governing FIA will provide teams with certifications of 2021 conformity on Monday, the day after Max Verstappen of Red Bull might win his second straight championship in Japan.

Only teams that have complied with the expenditure guidelines will be certified, and those who have not risk public censure, fines, the loss of championship points, or even exclusion.

When asked whether teams should face harsh penalties for violating the budget limit restrictions, Hamilton told reporters at the Suzuka track, “I think it’s necessary, honestly, simply for transparency.”

The Mercedes driver said, “I believe it would be horrible for the sport if no action was taken if there was a violation, but I don’t know whether there is so I’ll wait just as you would.

The certificates were supposed to be issued by the FIA last Wednesday, but they were delayed until Monday because of “substantial and unfounded speculation and supposition.”

Christian Horner, the head of Red Bull, lashed out at rumors last week about his team and threatened legal action against competitors for making what he claimed were false and defamatory statements.

Hamilton did not specifically mention Red Bull on Thursday, despite the fact that his season-long struggle with Verstappen in 2021 was won on the very last lap of the last race.

However, he said that he was worried about his title prospects when he saw that “the other vehicle” was constantly receiving upgrades while Mercedes was introducing their most recent significant change at the British Grand Prix in July.

The British driver said, “I remember after that wanting more upgrades but then seeing updates coming in for the other vehicle and thought gosh, it’s going to be hard to beat them in the championship.

In order to curb the top teams’ out-of-control spending and level the playing field, Formula One instituted a budget ceiling last season, reducing it from $145 million to $140 million this year and $135 million the next season.

Verstappen said that he was just concerned about his driving and that the issue was one between the teams and the FIA.

“Not much more needs to be said about it. I suppose we’ll learn on Monday “Added he.

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