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Marko: Red Bull will not do anything against Aston Martin for now

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 18: Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko looks on in the Paddock before practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 18, 2022 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Helmut Marko states that Red Bull Racing will not take actions against Aston Martin regarding controversial car design for the time being.

The revised version of Aston Martin’s AMR22 car caused active discussions in the paddock because of similarities with Red Bull’s challenger. The FIA conducted an investigation at the Spanish GP and confirmed that the car complied with the rules.

However, suspicions grew at Red Bull as they were concerned that an IP leak had taken place. Marko provided an update on the situation.

“There was data downloaded, but I never said where that data went,” the Red Bull advisor told Formel1.de.

“That’s another factor. Until we can prove something, we will not do anything against Aston Martin.

“At the moment we can’t prove anything and so we’re not making a case out of it, also because Aston Martin is not a direct competitor either.

“We do want clarification from the FIA. If you take Ferrari’s argument [their double protest after the Monaco GP], we are [also] talking about clarity on the rules.

“How far can you go? After all, we have a junior team AlphaTauri. If you interpret this case consistently, then AlphaTauri could also work more closely with us.

“It’s all difficult to understand. If you look at the whole timeline, there are even more inconsistencies. But if you can’t prove it in black and white, then you have to let it go. Since it’s not a direct competitor of ours, we’re not completely on top of it either.

“In short, at the moment there is no evidence that Aston Martin has actually copied us, except that the two cars are very clearly similar.”

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