The budget limit was introduced by the top motorsport leaders to make competition fair. However, it hasn’t been very effective. Red Bull, Mercedes, and Ferrari have been winning most of the races in recent years. In 2023, Red Bull won 21 out of 22 possible victories. The only non-Red Bull victory was by Carlos Sainz in a Ferrari.
The spending limit has caused problems for the Red Bull team. They were penalized for breaking the rule, and two key members of their team left for other teams. This has raised questions about the future of Adrian Newey, the technical director of Red Bull.
It would be a huge loss for Red Bull if Adrian Newey had to leave the F1 area due to budget constraints. Right now, he is splitting his time between working on the RB17 Hypercar and contributing to the F1 section. Moving him to the RB17 project full time would mean he couldn’t work on F1 cars, potentially lowering Red Bull’s performance.
The last two years have seen Red Bull’s dominance in F1, with Max Verstappen leading the charge. However, there is a risk that successful concepts developed by the Red Bull team could be transferred to other teams, as seen with Dan Fallows, who helped Aston Martin achieve eight podiums in 2023.
The departure of key figures from Red Bull to other teams raises concerns about the team’s future performance. It remains to be seen how they will adapt to the budget limit and maintain their competitive edge in F1.
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