It’s been the biggest talking point of the day: Aston Martin showing up to Barcelona with a very familiar-looking car 🧐 The AMR22 has undergone a total facelift and now has a VERY close resemblance to the Red Bull…
Speaking to Sky Sports, Red Bull boss Christian Horner hinted that it’s no coincidence a few high profile individuals recently left Red Bull to join the Aston Martin squad in recent months.
We've had the Pink Mercedes, now have we got the Green Red Bull 👀 pic.twitter.com/SJ4SbPbtfX
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“Imitation is the biggest form of flattery at the end of the day,” Horner started.
“It was actually brought to our attention earlier in the week by the FIA. They said we’ve got a car that looks remarkably like yours. ‘Can we have a list of your leavers to see where they went?’
“That immediately raised alarm bells.
“It is permissible. We see it up and down the pitlane, moving from team to team after a garden leave period. And what they take in their heads is fair game. That’s their knowledge. What isn’t fair, and what is totally unacceptable, is if there’s been any transfer of IP at all.
“I’m not going to disclose exactly where we are with certain individuals, but it would be a criminal offence because IP is a team’s lifeblood. It’s what we invest millions and millions of pounds into.
The whole pit wall has Green Red Bull 😂 Big brain marketing pic.twitter.com/1buv4Gjwvm
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“You wouldn’t want to just see that turning up in our rival’s organisation. Otherwise, we may as well franchise. We may as well be able to sell aerodynamics.”
Horner also suggested that there would be an internal investigation into the matter, despite the fact that the FIA confirmed that they consider the Aston Martin upgrades to be compliant with the regulations.