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F1 – Hamilton calls for harsh punishment for exceeding spending limit

Formula 1 is currently waiting for the FIA to decide what to do with Red Bull after the team breached the 2021 season’s $145m budget cap.

Red Bull has adamantly denied going over the spending limit for last year, and is now in talks with the FIA about next steps.

Lewis Hamilton was knocked out of the 2022 F1 world championship on the final lap of the last race, losing to Red Bull driver Max Verstappen in a controversial finish after fierce fighting throughout the year.

Speaking for the first time since the FIA confirmed that it considered Red Bull to have breached the budget cap last year, Hamilton said he was thinking about what any possible penalty should entail, as “everything would be an assumption of what may or may not It can happen.”

Red Bull could face economic and/or sporting sanctions for a ‘minor breach’ of expenses, which falls within 5% of the budget limit. The figure being discussed is rumored to be around $1.8 million.

But Hamilton stressed the need for the FIA to enforce the budget cap to protect its integrity and that of F1 as a whole.

“I think the sport has to do something about it,” said the Mercedes man.

“Otherwise, if it’s a weak punishment, if they go easy on these rules, then every team will just skip it.”

“And spending millions more and just getting a slap on the wrist is obviously not going to be good for the sport. In that case, they could remove the cost cap for the future.”

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

Hamilton expressed confidence in FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem and his team to “make the right decisions” to ensure the integrity of F1 is looked after.

“I have to believe it,” Hamilton said.

“I want to give them the benefit of the doubt, obviously. And otherwise, I’m just focused on doing the best job I can. What they’ve done is done.”

Hamilton also supported the request of some of his colleagues, who demand that there be transparency and assured that those who run F1 must be “true to the values of the sport and the regulations that were put in place to be watched.”

“I think it can be a confusing time for the fans,” Hamilton said.

“Without the fans, the sport is nothing. So yes. I think we have to hold on to those values.”

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