Lewis Hamilton could be crowned world champion for last season if Red Bull are found guilty


F1 bombshell! Max Verstappen could see last season’s world title handed to Lewis Hamilton if Red Bull are found guilty of breaking the £114m spending cap in another twist that reopens the most contentious decider in the sport’s history

  • F1 chiefs are investigating Red Bull’s spending cap for the 2021 season 
  • Lewis Hamilton could be awarded the championship title if they are found guilty
  • Hamilton was controversially beaten to the title by Max Verstappen last season
  • Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has called on the FIA to enforce their rules

Formula One’s rulers are under pressure to crown Lewis Hamilton world champion if Red Bull are found guilty of breaking the spending cap during Max Verstappen’s controversial 2021 title-winning year.

In a twist that reopens the most contentious decider in the sport’s history, reports have surfaced in Italy and Germany claiming to show Red Bull exceeded last year’s £114million limit.

Team principal Christian Horner denied the accusations on Friday, but Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff called on the FIA to enforce their rules, which permit teams and drivers to be docked points. 

Max Verstappen could face the prospect of losing his 2021 F1 championship title

Toto Wolff has demanded the FIA enforce their own rules on Red Bull's spending cap

Toto Wolff has demanded the FIA enforce their own rules on Red Bull’s spending cap

With Verstappen triumphing on the last lap of the final race in Abu Dhabi to pip Hamilton by eight points, the FIA’s adjudication could not be more sensitive.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix, Wolff said: ‘The cost cap is probably the most important evolution of regulations to keep a level playing field. 

‘It is of huge importance that these regulations are policed. The FIA, and particularly Mohammed (ben Sulayem, their president), have shown a pretty robust stance on enforcing all kinds of regulations. 

Lewis Hamilton (front) was controversially pipped to the title last season by Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton (front) was controversially pipped to the title last season by Verstappen

So if we are talking now about something big, he will show the same integrity and leadership that he has before.’

The FIA are due to release their findings on Wednesday.

Red Bull chief Christian Horner has denied the spending cap accusations aimed at his team

Red Bull chief Christian Horner has denied the spending cap accusations aimed at his team

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