Max Verstappen, the two-time Formula 1 champion, asserts that opponents’ demands for Red Bull to be severely punished for exceeding the budget cap are enticed by jealousy.
Red Bull Racing is awaiting punishment for exceeding the $145 million budget cap. Toto Wolff previously stated that Mercedes would be willing to overspend if Red Bull did not face severe consequences for exceeding the budget cap.
Verstappen affirms that opposing teams are simply out to get Red Bull because of their performance this season, in which they have won 14 of the 18 races held so far.
“Nothing has been confirmed yet, but as a team, we know what we have to deal with and I think we were very clear on what we thought was correct,” said Verstappen during an interview with Sky Italy on media day for the United States Grand Prix.
“It’s still ongoing and, at the end of the day, it’s not my job – it’s between the team and the FIA.”
When asked about the questions raised by other teams, Verstappen responded: “I think it’s mainly because, of course, we have been doing well—they try to slow us down in any way possible.”
“That’s how F1 works as well. Everyone, at the end of the day, is a bit hypocritical. I’m fine with that. We just have to focus on our job. “
Verstappen said after winning his second Drivers’ Championship in Japan last time out with his 12th victory of the season: “The year itself has been really special, with the wins we’ve had as a team and the general atmosphere within the team has been amazing again.”
“I think as a team we are only growing and becoming stronger. We will, of course, appreciate this year, but also hopefully next year we can do something similar. “