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SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 06: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes talks to the media in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka International Racing Course on October 06, 2022 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Hamilton: “It is imperative” budget cap punishments happen

Hamilton has had his say on the FIA delays

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Lewis Hamilton has spoken out on the delays to the FIA publishing the 2021 cost cap certificates.

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Lewis Hamilton ahead of the Suzuka Grand Prix (2022) Image Credit: Clive Mason via Getty Images

The FIA have announced they are delaying the publication of the 2021 budget cap certifications. They were due to be released yesterday, but will now be published on October 10. Many find this delay disappointing. Hamilton is instead reassuring fans.

Reported by BBC Sport, Hamilton had this to say:

“I like to think that if it’s being delayed, it’s because it’s being taken very seriously.”

Hamilton’s team, Mercedes, are not rumoured to have breached the cost cap. Red Bull and Aston Martin are the two teams at risk of punishment. Earlier in the week, Verstappen shared his thoughts on the rumours surrounding Red Bull. Christian Horner has also spoken about his confidence in his team, yet Aston Martin have remained rather quiet. 

Many conversations being had

Hamilton also commented on the nature of these rumours, and the fact that “there are different numbers and things being said here and there.” Both Mercedes and Ferrari have suggested that the breaches allegedly committed by Red Bull and Aston Martin are a secret known across the paddock. 

It’s no doubt that there are many conversations being had amongst teams and within the FIA. One thing that Hamilton wants to make sure of is that these conversations result in a punishment if the rumours are true.

“It would be bad for the sport if action wasn’t taken if there was a breach. We need to continue to have transparency for the fans and the integrity of the sport.”

The impact of a spending cap on teams

Hamilton’s take on the budget cap breaches is an interesting one. 2022 is proving to be a season of struggle for Mercedes and, while discussing the issues Mercedes are having in 2022 in relation to the cost cap, Hamilton shared this:

“It is so integral to the development race. If we had another half a million to spend, we would have been in a different position at some of the following races, if we had bought another floor, which we could easily have done.”

He also mentioned “seeing trucks of updates continuing to arrive on the other car [Red Bull].” Drivers, teams and fans will have to wait until Monday for an official result. As Hamilton says, “no one truly knows.”

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