Red Bull F1 rep “Budget cap disruption not working for Verstappen” / Japan F1 GP free run on Friday[F1-Gate.com]

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Red Bull F1 team principal Christian Horner says speculation that Red Bull breached F1’s qualifying cap rule was “designed to be a bit of a distraction” from Max Verstappen’s win at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Reports circulated ahead of last weekend’s F1 Singapore Grand Prix that Red Bull (and Aston Martin) breached last season’s budget cap regulations.

The subject made the headlines, in particular with the FIA ​​(International Automobile Federation) which postponed until Monday the issuance of a certificate of conformity.

Sky Sports said Red Bull’s breach was considered “minor”.

Max Verstappen could claim his second drivers’ championship at the F1 Japanese Grand Prix this weekend if he beats Charles Leclerc by eight points and Sergio Perez by six points. In other words, if you register victory + fastest lap, the title will be decided on the spot.

Christian Horner believes the ‘fussiness’ around the budget cap is being used to undermine Max Verstappen’s chances of winning this weekend.

“It’s a big weekend for Max,” Christian Horner told Sky Sports after FP2 at Suzuka.

“It’s a possibility, not a probability, but it’s definitely another match point for him. That’s what we’re focusing on.”

“I can only assume the amount of commotion around other topics is designed to be a bit of a distraction. We’re very happy with where we are now, where Cap’s submissions are, and all the focus is on this weekend.

Christian Horner has reiterated that Red Bull Racing has adhered to the budget cap and is awaiting the FIA’s decision on Monday.

“We were also expecting a certificate on Wednesday, but it’s late for all the teams,” added Horner.

“The FIA ​​has clearly made this choice.”

“I look forward to seeing what happens on Monday. Again, we feel we have fully met our budget cap and regulations, we are happy with our deliverables and look forward to your feedback. pending”

Christian Horner is convinced Red Bull has more pace after running just one set of intermediates in FP2.

Max Verstappen finished the second test 0.8 seconds behind George Russell, but Christian Horner said the difference was due to Mercedes using more tyres.

“This track is very demanding on the tyres,” explained Horner.

“In this second session we only used one set of Inters. I think Mercedes ran three sets. I think our pace is reasonable. You can see very quickly that the front tire ends here .and it is difficult to draw many conclusions.”

“They have a lot of data to see, but overall it was a pretty reasonable day. I think it’s going to be interesting. We were definitely using an extra set of tyres…especially in sector 1 where the new game has a big advantage.”

“Today’s times are probably not representative, but it’s definitely mixed and it looks really competitive. I think Ferrari are probably out of position as well. I think everything is a bit more harmonious. “

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