Christian Horner and Red Bull Racing have hilariously mocked Aston Martin while drinking cans of Green Edition Red Bull, suggesting their competitors have copied their 2022 car design.
Red Bull team principal Horner and his team were seen on the pit wall with energy drink cans during the Spanish Grand Prix, in reference to the new Aston Martin dubbed a ‘green Red Bull’ .
Aston Martin’s AMR22 challenger underwent a radical overhaul ahead of the Barcelona race in a bid to make up for a poor start to the season.
Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and team-mate Lance Stroll combined for just six points in the first five races, leaving their team ninth in the constructors’ standings.
Now, however, they have completely redesigned their car’s sidepods, radically changing their aero philosophy to one more similar to Red Bull’s RB18.
So similar in fact, that Max Verstappen’s team noticed the lookalike and joined in the joke that Aston now drives a ‘green Red Bull’.
Red Bull has asked the sport’s governing body – the FIA - to investigate the copying allegations, but Aston Martin has since been cleared of any wrongdoing.
A Red Bull spokesperson said: “While imitation is the greatest form of flattery, any reproduction of the design would obviously have to comply with FIA rules regarding ‘reverse engineering’.
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“However, if a transfer of intellectual property had taken place, this would clearly constitute a breach of regulations and would be of serious concern.”
Early signs were less than ideal for Aston, however, with their best result in Friday’s testing in Spain an eighth-place finish from Vettel in FP2.
It’s not the first time Silverstone-based Aston has faced copycat claims, with a previous iteration of the team, Racing Point, whose car was named ‘pink Mercedes’ in 2020. .
On that occasion, Racing Point received 15 points and a £359,000 fine for taking inspiration from the 2019 title-winning Mercedes, but avoided punishment this time around.
A statement from the FIA read: “The investigation, which involved CAD checks and a detailed analysis of the development process adopted by Aston Martin, confirmed that no wrongdoing had been committed, and therefore the FIA considers that Aston Martin’s aerodynamic upgrades are compliant.
“Section 17.3 specifically defines and prohibits “reverse engineering”, i.e. the digital process of converting photographs (or other data) into CAD models, and prohibits the transfer of intellectual property between teams, but also, this article allows car designs to be influenced by those of competitors, as has always been the case in Formula 1.
“In the analysis we carried out, we confirmed that the processes followed by Aston Martin complied with the requirements of this article.
Aston Martin commented on the news saying: “We have shared details of our update with the FIA technicians. After analyzing the data and processes used to create the update, the FIA has now confirmed in writing that our update was generated as a result of legitimate independent work in accordance with technical regulations.
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