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F1 budget cap set to increase by $9.45 million in 2023 contrary to earlier suggestion of budget cuts

Somin Bhattacharjee

F1 budget cap set to increase by $9.45 million in 2023 contrary to earlier suggestion of budget cuts

Topics related to the budget cap have been of great interest within the F1 community lately. Red Bull was found breaching it earlier this year and was consequently fined a sum of $7 million for the same. They were also given a 10% reduction in wind tunnel time for the development of their 2023 car, and this shows that the FIA will take matters related to cost cap breaches very seriously.

The introduction of this budget cap was not a popular decision among teams in the first place. The bigger teams in particular maintained their gap to the rest of the field because of the vast amount of resources at their disposal. Now that every single team has to keep their spending below a fixed amount, the gap between them is bound to close at some point.

On top of that, many teams complained about external factors and called for the budget cap to be increased. The problem was that the cap shrunk after the 2021 season in spite of regulation changes and the addition of Sprint Weekends.

Most teams were still under the impression that the cap would shrink further next year. However, AMuS reports that the cap will actually increase next season.

Also read: “Charles Leclerc is prone to errors”: Red Bull chief does not see 25-year-old Ferrari star as threat to Max Verstappen

Number of races and Sprint weekends contribute to increasing in F1 budget cap

The 2023 F1 season will feature the most number of races in a single year in history. With 24 races, it’s set to be the biggest F1 season of all time. China and Qatar will make a return to the calendar whereas Las Vegas will be a new entry.

On top of that, the 2023 season will have six sprint races. The concept of a sprint weekend was introduced in 2021 and continued this year too. However, we only saw three races being held in each season up until now. The sprint weekends add to more spending for the teams and also increase the risk of damages.

This is why the F1 budget cap will reportedly increase by $9.45 million next year. They will be able to spend $154.7 million in the 2023 season!

Also read: “He has a clear advantage”: Red Bull boss thinks Lewis Hamilton will challenge Max Verstappen for 2023 title

F1 teams gearing up for 3rd Sprint race of 2022 season

This weekend, teams and drivers will travel to Interlagos for the 2022 Sao Paolo GP. It’s one of the most iconic tracks on the calendar, and will host the third sprint and penultimate race of the 2022 F1 season.

However, both Championship Titles are already secured, and they are both heading back to Milton-Keynes with Max Verstappen and Red Bull after the Abu Dhabi GP.

About the author

Somin Bhattacharjee

Somin Bhattacharjee


Somin Bhattacharjee is an F1 editor at The SportsRush and has written more than 2000 articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and considers sports to be a part of his life. Somin has been a fan of Scuderia Ferrari since 2010 and his favorite driver is none another than the legendary Fernando Alonso. Other than longing for a Ferrari Championship win once again, Somin spends his free time playing football and basketball.

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