Williams F1 Team Is First to Be Fined for Violating Formula 1 Cost Cap Rules

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Williams is the first Formula One team to breach the championship's expense cap, but it's not about overspending.
Formula 1 introduced a cost cap of $145 million for 2021, which was lowered to $140 million this year. The goal is part of the long-term effort to create a more competitive field. Formula One's governing body, the FIA, announced Tuesday that Williams has been fined $25,000 plus administrative costs for a procedural violation.
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Williams has not submitted its full year 2021 reporting filings by the March 31, 2022 deadline pursuant to Article 5.1 of the Financial Regulations.
Williams was notified by the Cost Cap Administration on April 12 that it was breaking the law, and three days later it accepted the development. Williams stated that steps had been taken to prevent a future breach, while the FIA ​​claimed that Williams "has been fully cooperative in attempting to remedy the breach".
The Cost Cap Administration "deemed it appropriate to offer Williams a $25,000 ABA [Accepted Breach Agreement]," and Williams accepted it.
Williams was given until May 31 to rectify the breach and the FIA ​​confirmed in a statement that they had done so. It was also set forth that Williams paid the $25,000 and associated costs incurred in the FIA's creation of the ABA.
Formula 1's cost cap and possible breaches will be a topic of conversation in the coming weeks as several teams push to raise the limit. They point to inflation, sharply rising energy costs and rising freight costs as justification for striving to raise the cost ceiling.

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