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Red Bull break paddock curfew ahead of Saudi Arabian GP

Red Bull have used up one of their permitted curfew exceptions for the 2022 F1 season in the build up to the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Red Bull have broken Formula 1's curfew regulations ahead of this weekend's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, as they worked through the night to prepare Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez's cars following a double DNF in Bahrain. F1 has strict rules in place at Grand Prix weekends regarding working hours for team members, but there are a number of exceptions before any action is taken. "Last Wednesday, team personnel of the Oracle Red Bull Racing team, who are associated with the operation of the car, were within the confines of the circuit during the 13-hour period which commenced at 23:00 (local time) on 23 March, 42 hours before the scheduled start time of P1, and ends 29 hours before the scheduled start time of P1 at 12:00 on 24 March," read a statement from F1 Technical Delegate Jo Bauer. This marked the first of eight individual exceptions permitted for Red Bull during the 2022 season, meaning no further action was necessary.

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