Aston Martin is amazed to have been associated with a breach of the Formula 1 cost cap in 2021, as the team are yet to be told the outcome of it’s discussions with the FIA.
The FIA haven’t confirmed which teams overspent last season but paddock sources in Singapore including some rival team bosses suggested that Aston Martin may have committed a “procedural” breach, a more minor offence than that allegedly committed by Red Bull.
Team Principal Mike Krack is adamant that there has been no further updates on the alleged budget cap breaches ahead of Wednesday’s expected confirmation of which teams fully complied with the rules in 2021.
"It's a process where you give your submission, and then the FIA is analysing this, and comes back with questions,” he said when asked post-race on Sunday.
“And this process is still going on. So we don't really know what will be the result. There is a discussion going on. We have questions about interpretation, they have questions about interpretation.
"And we were surprised to read our name in this thing. So, let's see. We don't think that we have done anything majorly wrong.”
Williams was fined $25,000 for late submission of its paperwork, in June. Asked if Aston Martin might have committed an administrative mistake, Krack said: "I'm not aware of one, I don't think so. As I said there were some questions which our financial people were are also answering. Honestly, we need to wait what will be the outcome. But we are not stressed about it.”
Krack conceded that it had been irritating for the Silverstone-based squad to be mentioned.
"It is upsetting. I think the most important thing is to keep focus on the weekend. When the Thursday or Friday starts like that, it's important not to distract the people.
“And from our point of view, it was good that we were not the only one mentioned, so you guys you concentrated on the other side of the paddock! It is unfortunate that these things come out like that, but it's F1.”
Multiple F1 teams implied that Aston Martin’s wage bill may have pushed the team beyond the cost cap after spending on recruitment and offering big salaries.
"This is typical paddock, the best defence is attacking," said Krack. "I think at the end of the day, we must not forget, we are significantly less people than most teams are.
“We need to look at ourselves. You will not have a war of words from us, we need to concentrate on making progress. This is much more important than using the press to make statements.”