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Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-22, Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22, Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR22, Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18, at the start
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How the FIA should punish any breaches of the F1 cost cap

OPINION: On Wednesday, the FIA will issue F1 teams with compliance certificates if they stuck to the 2021 budget cap. But amid rumours of overspending, the governing body must set a critical precedent. It needs to carefully pick between revisiting the bitterness of Abu Dhabi, a contradictory punishment and ensuring parity for the rest of the ground-effect era

Confidence in the FIA is low. That it took two hours and 31 minutes to penalise Sergio Perez for two safety car procedure infringements in last weekend's Singapore Grand Prix, doing so with inconsistent wording in its reasoning and ultimately dealing a punishment that appears out of step with past cases of the same offence this year, has done nothing to help. Faith must be restored in the system by the way the governing body reacts to any cases of teams overspending in relation to the 2021 budget cap, the first season it was introduced.

On Wednesday, we will find out if any of the 10 outfits can expect to face a hearing should they not receive a certificate of compliance from the FIA. Of course, the paddock speculation that finally bubbled into the public domain at Marina Bay is that Aston Martin might be a little over the limit and Red Bull even further. Both deny that is the case.

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