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Red Bull Racing

Will team bosses have to warn drivers to avoid costly damage?

With crashes at Silverstone and the Hungaroring resulting in expensive repair bills for several F1 teams, Damon Hill has questioned whether team bosses will have to step in to ensure that drivers are aware of these cost implications.

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Team bosses may have to warn their drivers about crashes in order to prevent further expenses to the team, according to Damon Hill.

Incidents like the first-lap collisions seen in Britain and Hungary can result in hugely expensive repair bills for those involved. This has led to the likes of Red Bull's Christian Horner and Ferrari's Mattia Binotto questioning whether the implications of this on the budget cap need to be addressed.

Hill has speculated about the possibility of team bosses having to intervene to ensure that drivers are aware of the cost implications involved when they crash.

"Damage to their budget may well mean that the team bosses will say, 'Listen, guys, can you mind not crashing the car?'" Hill – speaking before the Hungarian Grand Prix – told the F1 Nation podcast.

"'I know you want to win, I know you want to be aggressive, but can you just not break that front wing next time? Because every time we do that it's £150,000.'"

On whether drivers would be able to look at the bigger picture when in the heat of the battle, Hill believes that managing this is a part of being a Formula 1 driver.

"I think they will do because they're adaptable to the criteria that are at play," Hill explained. "And if the criteria for a team going forward is that they cannot afford [damage].

"When you race at the back of the grid, they send you out and quite often they will say, 'Just so you know, this is the last rear wing we've got', or, 'Just so you know, we're running out of tyres'.

"When you've got a team with no money at all, they say things like that. 'Can you please qualify this car, but not break it and not use too many revs or make any mistakes?'

"Those are the things that a Formula 1 driver is actually normally expected to be able to achieve. It's like in a war, sometimes you've only got so much ammo left."

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