FIA will not rush F1 cost cap investigation despite wild rumors

Despite pressure from various parties to finish its evaluation of the F1 cost cap for the 2017 season as soon as possible, the FIA believes it won’t.

The Hungarian Grand Prix paddock was flooded in new cost cap allegations, including outrageous claims that several teams had already been found to be above the restrictions, which the governing body vehemently rejected.

In order to curb escalating rumors. F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali also stressed his readiness to wrap up the investigations before the weekend.

He told Autosport.

“Control is in the hands of the FIA. Personally, what I have asked is to anticipate as soon as possible the publication of the investigations made by the staff of the FIA. But I say this only because, in this way, it does not give rise to speculation and comments that are not good for anyone.” 

The FIA looks to be stepping up its efforts to ensure that its policing of the cost cap has been as comprehensive as possible. Even if that means taking even more time to review each team’s filings. Rather of choosing to rush things and run the risk of making mistakes.

The FIA has since released a statement stating that the review of 2022 entries is still ongoing. It will be completed in the way the governing body deems best, even if it takes some time.

Toto Wolff, the team principal for Mercedes, argued that rather than being considered as cause for concern. The FIA’s return for additional clarifications was something to be encouraged about because it demonstrated how seriously the FIA was treating the investigations.
When asked if there were any worries that Mercedes might be in violation given these additional inquiries.

Wolff said:

 “Our audit was finished a couple of months ago. And since then, we have no indication that we’ve fallen short of anything, as far as we understand.” 

The three rules that must be followed are the technical, financial, and sports ones. Any violations must be dealt with through sporting sanctions. You are unable to turn around.

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