In Barcelona, Aston Martin has an above-average number of eyes on itself. The team unwrapped a B-Spec of the 2022 car for the Spanish GP, although this version is very reminiscent of the Red Bull. In the paddock, the car of Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel is already known as the green Red Bull. However, the FIA sees no problem and already switched the lights to green earlier this week. For example, checks have been carried out at the factory and the motorsport association states that no infringements have been committed through the acquisition of intellectual property.
However, Red Bull is not yet completely convinced. A formal media statement said: “Red Bull Racing has read the FIA statement with interest. Whilst imitation is very flattering, copying a design must comply with FIA rules on ‘reverse engineering’. If there was a transfer of intellectual property then it would clearly be a violation of these rules and a serious problem.”
According to the FIA, intellectual property was not passed on – for example by obtaining documents or knowledge from Red Bull employees – but Helmut Marko had concerns. “Now we need to figure out how this incredible copy came about. Copying per se is not forbidden, but you have to take into account that seven people were kidnapped by us and our chief aerodynamicist was also brought to Aston Martin for an extremely high salary. We still have some facts to check and will look into that in detail.”
Eyes are mostly on Dan Fallows, with Marko stressing it’s not just about this much-discussed move. “It’s not just Dan Fallows, there’s also evidence that data has been downloaded. Dan Fallows has been forced to take a vacation, but what’s on his mind… Again, copying isn’t forbidden, but you can do it without documents like “Do you make a detailed copy of our car?” A question on which Marko still has major reservations.