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Aston Martin claim F1 teams agreed on zero crash budget break

Aston Martin claim F1 teams agreed on zero crash budget break

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Aston Martin claim F1 teams agreed on zero crash budget break

Aston Martin claim F1 teams agreed on zero crash budget break
Ian Parkes & Ewan Gale

Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer has revealed crash allowances were discussed ahead of the addition of a budget cap by all F1 teams.

Red Bull recently called for a guilty party in an incident to pay for damages after two separate crashes in the British and Hungarian Grands Prix before the summer break led to millions of pounds worth of damage.

Insisting crash damage was something teams must deal with within their budgets, Szafnauer said: "We had lengthy discussions before the budget cap was finalised about this topic.

"Everybody agreed at the time that crash damage was something you couldn't specifically or precisely plan for, but you had some kind of allowance.

"That is exactly what we should be doing in the future and if you allow too much of an allowance, that is what you have to do.

"As for trying to figure out who the guilty party is, almost every crash, everyone is pointing the finger at each other so we just need to leave it the way it is."

Seidl hears "noise from usual suspects"

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl made his stance clear at the conclusion of the Hungarian Grand Prix that no allowance should be made.

That was despite Lando Norris also sustaining significant damage after being taken out in the same crash as Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen.

"I hear all the noise from all the usual protagonists and suspects but I guess our position is clear," said Seidl.

"I think it would go completely against the objective of the budget cap if you open the door again now for some kind of allowances for crashes or going into the topic of the guilty party taking the bill."

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Symanski

Red Bull didn't seem bothered when Verstappen was causing others a huge repair bill.

They're just trying to be the squeaky wheel that gets oiled. In this case best ignored.

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Red Bull didn't seem bothered when Verstappen was causing others a huge repair bill.

They're just trying to be the squeaky wheel that gets oiled. In this case best ignored.

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1. this year is a spending cap

2. Max has barely had points since 2019, Hamilton has had a lot more points on his superlicence.

3. A lot of Max's crashes were low speed or only Verstappen involved (or him being the only one who crashed)

4. Verstappen has mostly caused big bills for his own team, not to other teams

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In his first Monaco race he took out grosjean but blamed the Frenchman for not going fast enough. In the russian gp a couple years later he hit vettel not once but twice, on the same lap. The flowing race he took out his own team mate on the opening lap. The next year he AGAIN crashed into vettel on the 12th lap of the Chinese gp. And those are the crashes I can remember without looking anything up. So when you say verstappen mainly damages his own car, that is quite far from the truth, wouldn't you agree?

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Let's make it even better and litigate each incident in an FIA kangaroo court. More lawyers would have to make F1 better. Juries could be comprised of former drivers who flunked out of F1 and have an axe to grind. The trials can be televised and Brundle comment. It will be wonderful.

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I think if I have to listen to even more Brundle commentary it might just send me over the end. The broadcast crew need to stick to “less is more” as the picture they’re painting is more suited for a radio format.

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Croft was a BBC radio commentator. No insights from him - just lots of 'audio description' of the video and sometimes I think he is watching a time delayed feed (like 1-2 minutes). At least you can 'see' all his mistakes (lots of).

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Christine moaner is what I call him

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