Christian Horner 'taken aback' after some claim Red Bull broke F1's budget cap last year

Red Bull F1 boss Christian Horner has insisted the accusations claiming that his team broke the 2021 budget cap are unfounded and defamatory.

European publications Auto Motor und Sport in Germany and Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy both claimed that Red Bull and Aston Martin spent more than they were allowed to last season.

These rumours were followed by comments from Ferrari racing director Laurent Mekies and Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff.

Mekies told the BBC, "It's now no secret that two teams broke the 2021 budget cap."

While Wolff told Sky Sports F1 that it's now "an open secret in the paddock" that Red Bull and Aston Martin broke the budget constraints.

However, Horner was shocked by the accusations and made it clear that Red Bull will be responding to the "defamatory" remarks.

"We were a little bit taken aback by comments that were coming in from two of our rival teams yesterday," said Horner, as quoted by RFI.

"The submission to the FIA is confidential. I would be intrigued to know where their source of information for these fictitious claims have come from.

"They're hugely defamatory. We take umbrage to them. Unless there is a clear withdrawal of those statements, we will be taking it incredibly seriously and looking at what the options available to us are."

The FIA intriduced the $145 million budget cap for the first time in 2021 to encourage a more competitive F1 environment.

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