Red Bull have responded to an FIA ruling that deemed Aston Martin’s car legal despite appearing very similar to the RB18 vehicle. A fresh statement by Red Bull has expressed concern about a potential ‘transfer of IP’, especially after several members of staff left for Aston Martin during the winter.
Aston Martin have produced vast upgrades to their car ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix. However, there are striking resemblances with the car Red Bull aces Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez drive.
The FIA have confirmed that Aston Martin’s upgrades were “legitimate independent work”, but Red Bull are concerned about a potential data leak. Several members of staff moved from Red Bull to Aston Martin before the start of the 2022 season.
A Red Bull statement after the FIA’s ruling said: “Oracle Red Bull Racing have noted the FIA’s statement with interest. While imitation is the greatest form of flattery, any replication of design would obviously need to comply with the FIA’s rules around Reverse Engineering. However, should any transfer of IP have taken place that would clearly be a breach of regulations and would be a serious concern.”
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