Aston Martin pulled a heavily modified car off the truck in Spain last week and found the sidepods and cooling design were similar to Red Bull’s RB18. The British car was a big topic of conversation in the paddock all weekend, even after the FIA investigated the matter and ruled it was all legal. That didn’t convince Red Bull. They discussed a possible illegal transfer of intellectual property through staff transfers and launched an internal investigation to determine if there was a violation.
Dan Fallows is one of the ex-Red Bull employees who joined Aston Martin and is regularly mentioned in the discussion. Fallows was an aerodynamicist with the Austrians. Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has already said it’s not just about Fallows. Aston Martin’s Andrew Green said the design was ready before anyone from Red Bull joined the team. Fallows’ move from Red Bull to Aston led to a legal battle between the two parties over his contract and when he could join his new team. The engineer was eventually cleared to join Aston Martin from April 2nd.
Motorsport.com asked Sebastian Vettel what he thought of the controversy. “At some point it wasn’t fair anymore,” begins the German. “Firstly to everyone who did a lot of work to customize the car and secondly to Dan Fallows personally. I didn’t think it was fair. Some things I don’t think are right. He’s a very nice guy. I know him from .” my time at Red Bull. He’s really one of us now.”
Aston Martin claimed to have created two concepts for the AMR22. One of these became the car it started with this year, the second design is the concept that was first used in Barcelona and is very similar to the RB18. Speaking at the press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, Lance Stroll said: “We have designed a car that has been found legal by the FIA. We are allowed to participate,” said the Canadian. “Parts look like the Red Bull, but we designed that at the factory. The team worked incredibly hard to bring all the parts to Barcelona. That was a big challenge.”
According to Vettel, Aston Martin made the decision for the first concept around the first race of the season. “There was uncertainty as to which direction was most promising,” continued the Heppenheimer. “The decision was made early on. I don’t know exactly when, but I was thinking before or around the first race. From that moment it was a big boost because it was basically a new car. But we also saw difficulties with it .” this car, like other teams. We couldn’t make any progress with that, so now we think this is the right direction. It is not our decision to change the concept. It’s entirely up to the team, the engineers and the other guys in aerodynamics. It’s a difficult problem that anyone can solve.”