As the wait for punishment continues, the FIA makes an offer to Red Bull.
According to All Sports, the FIA has offered Red Bull the terms of a 'accepted breach agreement' following their violation of Formula One's cost cap.
The latest twist in the saga that has dominated the start of the United States Grand Prix weekend forces Red Bull to choose between accepting the offer and, most likely, a lesser punishment, and going before an adjudication panel.
However, the specifics of the FIA's offer to Red Bull remain unknown.
Red Bull were the only team found guilty of exceeding the $145 million spending limit from Max Verstappen's maiden title victory last year - with a'minor' breach meaning they had overspent by less than 5% ($7.25m) - but have categorically denied claims from rival teams that they cheated.
Their stance appeared to imply that an accepted breach agreement (ABA) with the FIA, in which the team admits wrongdoing and agrees to any conditions and penalties that come with it, was unlikely.
An ABA, on the other hand, has the advantage of drawing a quick end to the cost-cutting scandal and imposing a less severe punishment.
It allows financial penalties and some'minor sporting penalties,' but not points deductions or reductions in the team's future cost cap, which are more "damaging" punishments advocated by F1 drivers and teams.
If Red Bull rejects the FIA's offer, the case will be heard by the cost cap panel, and all penalties will be considered.
All Sports understands that a quick resolution is possible. However, a planned Red Bull press conference on Friday is thought to be on hold until the team speaks with the FIA.
The extent of Red Bull's violation has not been disclosed, but Sky Sports understands the team, F1's dominant force and the defending constructors' champions, is $1.8m over the cap.
All Sports has also learned more about where Red Bull violated the cost cap.
One is thought to be redundancy and sick pay issues for employees, while the other is catering costs.
The costs of unused spare parts for the car are thought to be a significant factor in Red Bull's overspend.
Verstappen accuses rivals of being 'hypocritical' for questioning Red Bull.
From McLaren's claim that a violation of the cost cap regulations "constitutes cheating" to Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and George Russell calling for harsh penalties, Red Bull's F1 competitors have made their feelings on their wrongdoing clear.
Verstappen, who arrives in Austin as a double world champion after winning the Japanese GP in 2022, fired back on Thursday.
"I believe it's primarily because we're doing well," he explained.
"They do everything they can to slow us down." That's how Formula One works... everyone is a little hypocritical at the end of the day.
"All we have to do is concentrate on our work."
"Nothing has been confirmed yet," Verstappen added, "but as a team, we know what we have to deal with and we are very clear about what we believe is correct."
Sergio Perez, another teammate, echoed his sentiments.
"We believe we are on track, and we believe that everything will fall into place," Perez added. "Obviously, I'll leave it up to my team and the FIA to solve that."
"At the end of the day, there are always teams that want to sap your performance, especially if you're winning."
"It's part of the game, and it's always been that way." I simply believe it is a normal situation. At the end of the day, the facts will be revealed, and people will see and comprehend the situation."