Red Bull’s accusations that intellectual property could have been transferred in the development of Aston Martin’s upgrade package are “very far from the truth” according to the team’s technical director Andrew Green.
Aston Martin unveiled a heavily updated car at the Spanish Grand Prix that closely resembles the Red Bull’s sidepod concept, and the FIA later confirmed it had carried out an investigation into the car’s development but was happy with the results. Aston’s explanations.
Despite this, Christian Horner has suggested the IP might have changed hands at some point, but Green says management was already in serious development before former Red Bull employees joined Aston Martin.
“I don’t know what these accusations are that Red Bull is throwing out,” Green said. “All I can say is that at no time did we receive any data from any team from anyone. The FIA stepped in and did a thorough investigation, looked at all the data that preceded and the history of this car, they interviewed everyone involved and concluded that it was a completely independent development.
“To the point where you talk about potential employees, this car was designed in the middle of last year as a dual track with the launch car and the majority of the rides were done before anyone from Red Bull even did. comes forward, so I think their accusations are very far from the truth.
Green admits the RB18 has proven to have taken the wrong initial direction with its own development.
“If you look at the development of the car that’s there right now, you’ll see it all happened towards the end of last year before we had seen anyone.
“We were on a dual track, and it was a shock but also a surprise that Red Bull also came up with a similar concept, but I think it only reinforced our feeling at the time that of the dual track we open to us, we had taken the wrong road, and I think that was confirmation of that.
An investigation was carried out and Aston Martin was cleared by the FIA, which Green says made the fallout frustrating, although he has no problem with the governing body looking into the work further. of the team.
“[We’re] Disappointed, especially that the FIA made a statement regarding the car and they came and looked and said it was legit independent work.
“They’re the ones who see all the data – not just from us, but from all the teams – so they’re really the only ones who can make judgments and by regulation they’re obligated to make judgments on that, and they have For me it’s the end.
“We expect that to be the end of it, but if the FIA wants to come back and do further investigations, we are more than happy for them to do so.
“We’ve been completely open and honest with them throughout the process, we’ve given them all the access they’ve requested and if they want to come back and do more, we’re more than happy for that to happen. ”