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Red Bull will feel cost cap penalty challenge, says former aero chief

Red Bull's former head of aerodynamics, Dan Fallows, believes that the Milton Keynes team will feel the effects of the cost cap penalty handed to them.

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Former Red Bull Head of Aerodynamics Dan Fallows believes that his previous employer will be hampered by their cost cap penalty.

Earlier in the season, Red Bull were found guilty of a breach of the 2021 cost cap, and were handed a $7 million fine and also punished with a reduction in aerodynamic testing for 2023.

There have been a variety of opinions on the severity of the penalties, with some of Red Bull's opponents believing that the punishment was light.

Red Bull themselves have contested that opinion, with Pierre Wache stating that the team have been 'angered' by claims of a light penalty.

Some have offered a more balanced verdict, with Red Bull's Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey believing that the punishment will be less of a problem if the team makes "smart" design decisions.

Fallows: Red Bull will feel the penalty restriction

Ex-Red Bull employee Dan Fallows, who is now leading Aston Martin's development charge, was the Head of Aerodynamics at Red Bull until his switch to the Silverstone team was announced last year.

Fallows, who would have played a role in Red Bull's championship winning cars of 2021 and 2022, believes that the penalty will be felt by the team, but backed them to "regroup" and accept the challenge.

"It's difficult to say [the impact] because I'm not there anymore, but I've no doubt that from the engineering side, they'll feel that that's a disappointment," Fallows told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"I think, personally, I would take it as any other challenge that you get given in this business. It's something you have to deal with. It's a restriction.

"They do have, as a result of being very successful, fewer wind tunnel runs and CFD capability than other teams anyway, and that's just a challenge you have to deal with. I think in any situation like that you just regroup and get on with it."

When asked if he thought Red Bull's penalty was a big restriction, Fallows responded: "It's not insubstantial."

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