Red Bull: The lightweight tire that counted in your 2022 cap budget?

The Milton Keynes team decided not to use the lightweight body approved in July: this solution could become the basis for next year’s car. But the research, design and construction costs are within this year’s spending limit as per the approval of the 2022 chassis. The FIA, which knows the facts, will have to explain how this technical update will be accounted for in the financial regulations, which should not be. He was seen on the track before the end of the year.

The topic is very interesting, even if it ends a little in second grade because it’s no longer strictly topical. In fact, Red Bull has no intention of debuting the RB18’s lightweight chassis because the body that was supposed to hit the track in Singapore has been “frozen” and can be used early next year.

The Milton Keynes team was going to launch the project at the end of spring, when Ferrari’s threat to the world title was still very real and Adrian Newey studied a lighter version of the chassis (with a max of 4kg that’s a lot already) because the RB18 was prolific overweight.

To get a crash from the FIA ​​it was necessary to do crash tests that ended in July, before the summer holidays. Therefore, the Fifa recognized the 2022 “seal” of the world champion team, which planned to build three new bodies (one for each driver, plus a companion).

Ditaglio Red Bull Racing RB18

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So far, Milton Keynes’s reasoning hasn’t been in any folds: it was budgeted within cost limits (we’re talking about at least two million euros), to which the team run by Christian Horner turned to answering a redhead who seemed to be able to stand up to the pace Max Verstappen.

On the other hand, the news saw Ferrari melt like snow in the sun amid engine failures, driver errors and strategy errors, and then what seemed to be Red Bull’s priority was a need that objectively failed.

The world championship took a trajectory that led to the Dutchman getting the biggest gap in Formula One history (116 points ahead of Charles Leclerc), and after the leak from Germany, the question arose as to whether the new lightweight chassis from Singapore should be used or left. It took off because Ferrari’s main team Mattia Binotto had put his hand on the claim that “…like Ferrari, we haven’t been able to offer a light tire or a different strategy over the course of the season, simply for budget reasons, and I would be very surprised if other teams were able to.” to do that “.

Mohamed Ben Sulayem, FIA President, with Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, on Monza Network

Photography: Mark Sutton / motorsports pictures

Therefore, Red Bull initially denied the existence of an advanced chassis and then admitted that the use was not aimed at this season. The problem has been resolved? I miss her for nothing. There is one aspect the FIA ​​is being asked to solve: in Milton Keynes they can also hide the lightweight chassis, but are the costs incurred to design, design and build the chassis in the 2022 season?

Since Jo Bauer’s tech hosts have approved the new solution, they know this structure exists, how should the costs incurred be accounted for? Logically, in the budget cap 2022, otherwise there is a risk of also affecting the financial availability of the next season …

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