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Max Verstappen shaken as Red Bull star could face ‘record F1 bill’ worth close to £1m | F1 | Sport

Max Verstappen will be forced to pay a multi-million dollar bill to the FIA ​​in line with the license supertax imposed on all drivers at the end of the season, according to reports. The Dutchman has dominated on-track proceedings for the vast majority of the campaign and claimed his second Drivers’ Championship title in as many years at the Japanese Grand Prix last month.

His latest victory at the Mexican Grand Prix ensured he will finish the year with a points record after surpassing the previous milestone of 413 points, which was set by Lewis Hamilton in 2019. However, the success Verstappen has enjoyed in recent years could be pinned down. months to hurt your pocket as a result of the super license fee, which is calculated for each driver based on the number of points they have accumulated throughout the year.

It means Verstappen will have to fork out around £769,777 in the biggest super license tax payment in sporting history, according to GP Blog. It is stated that a base payment of £9,056 is required from all drivers in the form of a renewal fee, while they are also required to pay £1,828 for each point earned in the Drivers’ Championship standings.

Verstappen’s total payment could still increase by another £95,056 if he manages to win the remaining two races while setting the fastest laps, taking the figure to £864,833. However, it is said that his contract with Red Bull is likely to include point bonuses, which would see the team indirectly pay his end-of-season tax.

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The license supertax has been in place for a long time, but was increased in 2008 by former FIA president Max Mosley, who opted to increase the fees paid by drivers to provide the governing body with more money to spend on improvements. of security. The move was controversial at the time, with Fernando Alonso among those on the grid to voice his opposition to the measures by threatening to strike.

“We should pay a reasonable price, you can’t change 1,000 percent in a year,” said the Spaniard. “We don’t have much of a chance, for sure. [striking] It’s one of the options we talked about. We need to do something together because as a group we have more effect than as one person.”

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Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether Verstappen will be able to complete the 2022 campaign with two wins in Brazil and Abu Dhabi as he looks to extend his points record in the coming weeks. He has managed to claim victory in 14 races so far this season, but has been pressed hard by Mercedes in recent outings and will be desperate to keep them at arm’s length until the action comes to an end.

Red Bull have been head and shoulders above the rest of the field in recent months, although Ferrari gave them an early scare after the Italian team won two of the first three races in Bahrain and Australia. They were able to clinch their first Constructors’ Championship title since 2013 at last month’s United States Grand Prix and will be looking to finish on top rather than relieve the gas before the checkered flag falls for the final time in Abu Dhabi.

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