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McLaren

Brown on cost cap letter: I stand by cheaters comment

The McLaren CEO has doubled down on the comments he made in a letter to the FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, following the Red Bull cost cap breach saga.

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Zak Brown has doubled down on his comments made in a letter earlier this season to FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, following Red Bull's breach of the Formula 1 cost cap.

The McLaren CEO wrote a letter accusing Red Bull of 'cheating' following their minor breach of the $145 million cost cap.

It later emerged that the team had breached the cost cap in four main areas, with Red Bull team boss Christian Horner refuting any claim that the team gained any advantage from the breach.

When asked about whether he would still stand by the comments made prior to the information about the breach, Brown doubled down: "I stand by my letter."

"I think when you break the rules, whether it's technical or financial, I think you can [have] many different ways to characterise it," he told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"I know it's a strong word, but I don't see any difference between breaking the financial cap versus having too low of a ride height, or whatever the case may be."

Brown: In a more 'simplistic manner', you would call it cheating

Haas Team Principal, Guenther Steiner, has previously said that he agrees with Brown that a breach of regulations should be classed as cheating.

The McLaren boss believed that the use of the word cheating would be a "simplistic", but not incorrect view of the cost cap saga.

He added: "If something within the sporting, financial, technical regulations breached the rules, I guess you can call it a couple of different things, but some people in a more simplistic manner would call it that."

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