How Red Bull might’ve violated the latest F1 budget cap

Red Bull breached the 2021 budget cap, and it has been reported that three teams breached last year's cap.

Following last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, Formula 1 fans have joked that Red Bull will breach the budget cap after buying too much super glue, to repair their damaged trophies.

It’s been a costly couple of races for Red Bull’s trophies, with the side having broken one at the last two races.

It all started back at the Hungarian Grand Prix, after Max Verstappen cruised to victory.

The reigning World Champion won the race ahead of Lando Norris and Sergio Perez, who joined him on the podium.

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As Norris attempted his trademark champagne celebration though, he knocked Verstappen’s handmade trophy worth €40,000 onto the floor, where it shattered into several pieces.

Thankfully, Verstappen is getting a new trophy built for him, with all the Hungarian GP awards having held a lifetime guarantee.

Fast forward to last weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, and yet another Red Bull trophy was broken.

The team broke it themselves this time though, whilst taking a group photo.

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The Milton Keynes-based team posed for a photo before all running forwards, where the Constructors’ trophy was knocked over.

It was Verstappen who seemingly noticed it happen, when he looked round after appearing to hear it get knocked over.

“It’s happened again, the trophy is broken again,” Verstappen said in disbelief.

Fans quickly flogged onto social media to joke that Red Bull would exceed the budget cap based on how much super glue they need to buy, to keep fixing their damaged trophies.

Red Bull had actually posted a photo of all three trophies undamaged, but it’s assumed that this was taken prior to the incident.

“They might end up overspending the budget cap on glue at this rate,” joked @isaachwxm.

“Gonna break the price cap on clue,” commented @SophiaA_F1.

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“I hope glueing trophies doesn’t increase the cost cap this year,” said @JACarranzaP.

Verstappen’s win last weekend marked his eighth consecutive victory and his 10th of the season overall, with it having increased his lead in the Drivers’ Championship to 125 points.

His lead is so big that he could miss the next five races and still mathematically lead the standings, even if Perez wins all five.