Red Bull Technical Director Pierre Wache has taken the Aston Martin duplicate as a compliment to the team, saying it was ‘satisfying’ to see it.
Much of this weekend’s car development talk has centred around the Aston Martin team, who have brought an updated car which bares a striking resemblance to this year’s Red Bull RB18, particularly on the sidepods and engine cover.
The Silverstone-based team have denied any claims of illegally obtaining Red Bull’s intellectual property – and were cleared by the FIA – whilst Red Bull themselves have confirmed they will be launching an internal investigation.
Speaking in the FIA press conference, Wache saw the updated Aston Martin AMR22 as a validation of Red Bull’s own design concept.
“I was quite surprised to see a copy, [I was] quite satisfied that they copied us to be honest because means we didn’t do a bad job,” Wache told media, including RacingNews365.com.
“I think for us the main aspect is to be sure that it was done within the rules. The FIA have checked and now it looks like we have to check on our side if we have had any IP [intellectual property] leak.
“That [IP] is a main asset of the team. We want to make sure of that. That is what we are investigating at the moment.
“From a personal and engineering aspect, it was quite satisfying that some other team has copied us. It means our concept is not so bad.”
Focus now on internal data breach
Following the FIA’s verdict of the updated Aston Martin car being legal, Wache said that the focus would now turn to Red Bull’s own internal security.
Wache added that Red Bull have provisionally accepted the FIA’s verdict, but will bring up the issue again if an illegal acquisition of intellectual property had occurred.
“I think we have to be open minded in terms of IP to make sure that you have no [internal data] leak in our system,” added Wache.
“It could happen to another team, not only to Aston Martin there is a diligence that we have to do ourselves in terms of action with a FIA.
“I think the response from the FIA is clear. It looks like the car itself and the way they achieved it was legal, then we wont take any more action on this aspect until we find something on our side.”