The team from Silverstone caused a stir in Barcelona this weekend, featuring an updated AMR22 design that seems to be a direct copy of the Red Bull RB18 concept.

The similarity between the two cars was enough for the FIA ​​to launch an investigation into how the design was created, and it was subject to rules prohibiting teams from using information from competitors to create the listed details.

The governing body then said it was pleased that Aston Martin complied with the rules and that the AMR22 changes were created completely independently.

However, Red Bull is not entirely convinced and has expressed concern that some of his data may have been passed on to Aston Martin when staff moved from his team to an opponent in Silverstone.

As part of its investment activities, Aston Martin recruited a large number and recruited staff from a number of teams, including the appointment of Technical Director Dan Fellows of Red Bull.

Speaking in Barcelona, ​​Red Bull motorsport adviser Helmut Mark hinted that not everything may have been up to par with information that could move between teams.

“It’s not just Dan Fellows,” Marco told Sky Germany. “There is evidence that the data has been downloaded. Dan Fellows was on paid leave. What’s on his mind … copying in the approach is not forbidden. But is it possible to copy without documents and then make such a detailed copy of our car? ”

However, Aston Martin CTO Andy Green dismissed the idea, and it’s clear that his team started pursuing the Red Bull concept even before they saw RB18.

“I don’t know what charges Red Bull is talking about,” he said. “All I can say is that at no point have we ever received any data from any team or anyone.

“The FIA ​​came and conducted a thorough investigation, studied all the data from the history of this car, interviewed all participants and came to the conclusion that it was a completely independent development.

“By the time you talked about potential employees, this car was conceived in the middle of last year as a dual route with a launch vehicle, and most of the releases were made even before anyone from Red Bull even showed up. That’s why I think the accusations are very broad. “

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Green added that he was unhappy that Red Bull was complaining about what his team had done – especially with the FIA ​​making it clear.

«[I’m] disappointed, especially that the FIA ​​has made a statement about the car, ”he said. “They came in, looked, and then said it was all legal independent work. They see all the data, they are the ones who are not only for us, but for all the teams, they are the only ones who can make opinions, and according to the rules they are obliged to make a decision on it. That’s the end of it for me. “

Green explained that since the AMR22 was conceived, Aston Martin had planned two concept routes: one with which it went for launch, and an alternative idea that Red Bull eventually adopted.

Although he admits he went wrong, he said he was surprised to see Red Bull come up with the same idea.

“If you look at the development of the car that stands now, you’ll see that it all happened late last year before we saw no one,” he explained.

“We were on a double path. And it was a shock, but also a surprise that Red Bull came up with a similar concept. But I think it only reinforced our then-feeling that of the two paths we had discovered, we had gone the wrong way. And I think that was proof of that. “

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