La FIA blanchit Aston Martin F1 mais Red Bull a des preuves de copie

La FIA blanchit Aston Martin F1 mais Red Bull a des preuves de copie

The FIA ​​has therefore cleared Aston Martin after carrying out an investigation into the similarities between its updated Formula 1 and the Red Bull ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.

But despite the similarities, the FIA ​​technicians concluded that the AMR22 version B was correctly designed even though they noted that it was “became evident that a number of features of the Aston Martin resembled those of another competitor”.

This led to the car being investigated to confirm compliance with Article 17.3 of the technical regulations, relating to reverse engineering and potential illicit transfer of intellectual property.

“The investigation, which involved digital drawing (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 the improvements Aston Martin’s aerodynamics conform,” says the FIA ​​press release.

“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 equally, 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.

But this conclusion does not please Red Bull Racing at all, which has just responded in a press release. It follows comments by Christian Horner, describing Aston Martin’s new design as “a clone very close to our car”.

“Oracle Red Bull Racing noted the FIA ​​statement with interest. reverse engineering. However, if a transfer of intellectual property had taken place, this would clearly be a violation of regulations and would be of serious concern.”

Should a complaint be expected? It is quite possible according to Helmut Marko.

“Now we need to clarify how this incredible copy came to be!”

”According to the rules in force, copying is not prohibited, but it must also be taken into account that seven of our men were recruited by them. We are still verifying a number of facts, but we will look into every detail.”

When asked if Marko is particularly worried about Dan Fallows, he replies that “it’s not just Dan Fallows, there is also evidence that data has been downloaded. Copying is not prohibited, but is it possible to be able to copy the car in such detail without having data from our part?

Based on this data uploaded by former engineers, Red Bull has therefore “very clear arguments” to defend themselves according to Marko. And such cases in the past have been severely condemned (McLaren in 2007) by exclusions from the championship and very high fines.

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