Christian Horner Aims Sly Dig at FIA By Claiming They Are Putting Red Bull’s Fines to ‘Good’ Use

Vidit Dhawan
|Published 17/03/2023

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has aimed a sly dig at the FIA after the motorsports governing body ordered the Milton Keynes outfit to pay a whopping $7 million in fines for breaching the cost cap last season.

The penalty did not end there as Red Bull Racing were also asked to reduce their aerodynamic development allowance by a further 10 percent.

The penalty will likely impact the Milton Keynes outfit significantly, as Horner explained how the team would lose between 0.25 and 0.5 seconds of lap time because of the reduction in their ability to use their aerodynamic tools and wind tunnel.

Christian Horner says he’s happy to see the FIA using the fines well

When asked during his Saudi Arabian Grand Prix press conference if the fine would be a cause of concern for Red Bull Racing this season, Christian Horner chose not to respond to the question.

Instead, he hilariously said, “Great to see the fine being applied so well. We got a new FIA couch and Tom’s got a new suit”. Horner’s cheeky reply made the other two team principals, McLaren’s Andrea Stell and Ferrari’s Fred Vasseur, seated beside him share a chuckle.

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Horner refers to FIA’s fines as a ‘blessing in disguise’

According to, Christian Horner admitted that the FIA’s fines would significantly impact Red Bull Racing’s progress. He explained how the team would face a massive performance deficit as a result.

However, at the same time, he also sees it as a blessing in disguise for the team to work on their efficiency and get the maximum out of their package. Red Bull Racing has begun the F1 2023 season in perfect fashion as they clinched an outstanding 1-2 in the season opener in Bahrain.

Reigning champion Max Verstappen continued from where he left off last season by not only clinching the pole but also converting it into a comfortable race win. The Dutchman beat his teammate, Sergio Perez, by over 10 seconds.

As for the Milton Keynes outfit, they will enter the second race in Saudi Arabia with a lead of 20 points from second-placed Aston Martin in the Constructors’ Championship.

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Vidit Dhawan

Vidit Dhawan

Vidit Dhawan is an F1 writer at The SportsRush. He fell in love with the sport at first sight when F1 visited India in 2011. The noise and the racing action from lights out and away we go to the chequered flag are what keeps him at the edge of his seat at all times. Vidit has been a lifelong Fernando Alonso fan and sees Charles Leclerc as the future of the sport. Other than F1, he also follows football and tennis closely.

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