Mercedes and Red Bull in £103m battle with F1 bosses just weeks before new season


Agreement from eight of the 10 teams competing in F1 is required for the sprint races to go ahead as planned.

McLaren CEO Zak Brown took aim at his rivals over their monetary demands.

He said: “One in particular wanted a £3.7m budget cap increase which was just ridiculous, with no rational facts behind it.

“When those facts are challenged, the response is, ‘well, you have to anticipate and have the extra money just in case something happens’. You end up sitting there and realising it is just nonsense.

“We all have the same challenge. If you do happen to have more crashes, well that is part of sport, like a football player getting injured.

“We shouldn’t solve it just by getting the chequebook out.”



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