Aston Martin denies allegations: “No data received”

( – Aston Martin has denied claims by Red Bull that they may have illegally spied data from RB18 to the Barcelona update of AMR22: “I do not know where these allegations come from, from the Red Bull is talking about, “Aston Martin CTO Andrew Green said. “All I can say is that at no time have we received any data from any team or anyone else.”

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This is contrary to a statement by Helmut Marko. The Red Bull motorsport consultant caused a stir last Friday with a ‘Sky’ interview in which he claimed that there was “evidence” that “data was downloaded”. By whom and from where, however, it remained open.

Green, however, maintains that Aston Martin developed the update “late last year”, long before Red Bull first publicly showed off its radical sidecase design on February 23 at the start of the second winter test in Barcelona.

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They were on a “double path,” Green explains, and it was “a shock” and “also a surprise” that Red Bull came up with a similar concept. It strengthened our sense that we were different from the two because of what we explored, ended up taking the wrong one. “

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Dr Helmut Marko believes that there is a connection between the departure of several engineers from Red Bull to Aston Martin and the similarity between the two cars.

With the Barcelona update, Aston Martin says it goes back to the path of development already taken in 2021. Red Bull’s claims are “disappointing” for Lawrence Stroll’s team, who have been accused of plagiarism for the second time in two years (and found guilty of the first).

“Especially given that the FIA ​​has already commented on this,” Green emphasizes. “They have been with us and looked around and realized that it is all legitimate and independent work. They are the ones who have access to all the data – not just ours, but all the teams.”

For Aston Martin, Friday’s FIA statement is “closed,” Green says, but promises full cooperation should there be a new investigation for any reason. He rules out the possibility that something would come out of it, especially since the update was made long before the seven Red Bull employees in question came to Aston Martin.

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The accusations from Red Bull and Marko are therefore “far from” – even though Red Bull did not make the case roll: “The FIA ​​drew our attention to the fact that there is a car that looks like ours fantastic”, reveals team manager Christian Horner in a interview with ‘Sky’.

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“The FIA ​​has asked for a list of the employees who have left us. Of course, the alarm bells are ringing,” Horner said. Information that such employees carry in their heads is legitimate. But: “What is not fair and totally unacceptable, which we would not accept either, is a transfer of intellectual property.”

Specific requirements: Is there evidence for this? Horner remains vague: “I’m not going to reveal exactly where we are with specific people.” If anything came out of it, it would be a clear criminal act in his eyes, “because intellectual property is the blood in a team’s veins. We invest millions in it and we do not want it to end up with another team. “

As a first step, Horner announces an “internal investigation” at Red Bull in Milton Keynes: “We know exactly who is looking at what parts of our software and from where it is controlled.” Ensuring that any transfer of intellectual property is sanctioned is ultimately the job of the FIA.

Horner is not so much about his own team: “It’s not a big deal for us as long as Aston Martin does not start beating us,” he laughs. “But it can have an impact on the midfield teams. For our part, it is primarily about ensuring that our intellectual property rights are protected and that abuse is ruled out.”

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