Red Bull boss Christian Horner is confident that his team has not exceeded the budget limit of Formula 1 last year.
Horner was furious at allegations ahead of Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix that Red Bull had breached last year’s $145 million cap, which would have resulted in sanctions against his team if true.
On Wednesday, the FIA will issue certificates of conformity to the teams that played within the rules last year.
When asked if he was nervous about getting it for Red Bull, Horner replied: “No, I mean I’m absolutely confident in our submission. He went through the process. [being] fully signed by our auditors, who are obviously in the big three. And we think that we are comfortable in a hat.
“So the FIA is following its process. We hope, and perhaps this week, we will hear not only us, but all the teams, the results of this process.”
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said breaking the budget cap would be a “heavyweight” issue for F1, adding that he thought one team had significantly overspent.
Horner repeated Red Bull’s threat of legal action against anyone who insinuates that they have violated the restriction, pointing out that teams should not be aware of their rivals’ financial checks.
“What I said still stands,” Horner said. “We will consider all our options. And it is absolutely unacceptable to make completely unfounded accusations. And on the basis of what knowledge? Where is the source of information?
“This is confidential information between the team and the FIA. I have no idea about the compliance of any of our rivals. So where is this information supposedly coming from?
Horner believes the FIA will find it easier to review and control the budget cap after the first few years, pointing out that there are many gray areas in the rules as they are currently written.
“This is a completely new set of rules that are very complex and apply to companies with different structures, different wording and, of course, rules,” he said.
“These rules can always be interpreted in different ways. So in the first year it will be very interesting to see how they will be applied.
“We have seen clarifications, even after filing applications that date back to last year. So it will always be a process of evolution.”