Barcelona have traditionally been all about upgrades, but those of other teams are eclipsed by Aston Martin. The Silverstone team have come up with a car that looks very similar to the RB18 (see also the photos below). The FIA said in a statement that everything went according to the rules, but Red Bull is not immediately convinced. Helmut Marko and Christian Horner link this to the transfer of several team members and add that data was downloaded.
Those words put Aston Martin’s car under scrutiny, although the team doesn’t see a problem at all. “Last year we tried two tracks at the same time, the start car we showed us this concept,” explains Andrew Green at the press conference in Barcelona. “We quickly realized that the team presentation car would have many limitations and that became even clearer later on. This car gave us very few tuning options, making it a dead end. That’s why we opted for the other concept from the sixth race onwards.”
According to Green, it is a coincidence that the second concept is very similar to Red Bull. “This process started last year and we didn’t hire any Red Bull people at all. As I said, we decided on two tracks at the same time and gave ourselves options. To be honest it was a shock for us, or at least a surprise that Red Bull came up with a similar concept. When we saw that, we were encouraged by the thought that we took the wrong turn with our first car. Red Bull was the confirmation.”
Green can’t do much with the harsh words from the Red Bull camp. “I don’t know what these Red Bull allegations are about. All I can say is that at no time have we received any data from any other team or from any other person.” Aston Martin even says it’s a shame that Red Bull are playing it so publicly. “I’m disappointed with that, yes, especially as the FIA had previously issued a statement. You were with us and saw the data. They are the only organization that can make a judgment and that’s it for me.”