Formula One workforce Aston Martin was cleared of suspicion that it had damaged competitors guidelines by allegedly copying a design from a Red Bull automotive, FIA mentioned on Friday.
The governing physique for F1 mentioned an investigation had concluded that Aston Martin had not reverse engineered components of a Red Bull automotive for an aerodynamic improve that it has delivered to the Spanish Grand Prix.
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Its assertion mentioned a routine pre-race verify had discovered that “a number of features on the Aston Martin resembled those of another Competitor.” But after additional evaluation, it concluded that “no wrongdoing had been committed.”
The assertion added that whereas it’s prohibited for groups to reverse engineer designs primarily based on pictures of rival automobiles, the F1 rulebook “permits car designs getting influenced by those of competitors.”
Red Bull responded with a brief assertion saying that it “famous the FIA’s assertion with curiosity.
“While imitation is the greatest form of flattery, any replication of design would obviously need to comply with the FIA’s rules around ‘Reverse Engineering’,” the workforce mentioned.
It mentioned “should any transfer of IP have taken place that would clearly be a breach of regulations and would be a serious concern.”
The Britain-based Aston Martin workforce makes use of a Mercedes energy unit. It enters the Spanish GP in ninth place within the constructor standings. Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll are its drivers.
Defending world champion Max Verstappen drives for Red Bull.
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