Horner hits out
Red Bull boss Christian Horner explained his team’s grievance over Aston Martin producing a similar car and pledged an ‘internal investigation’
Horner said: ” It is no coincidence that a few individuals have transferred from Red Bull to Aston Martin over the winter and during the early part of the season.
“It was brought to our attention actually by the FIA earlier this week who said: ‘There is a car that looks remarkably like your car, can we have a list of your levers?’
“Of course that immediately raises alarm bells. What is permissible, we see it up and down the paddock, where individuals move from team to team after a garden leave period, what they take in their head, that’s fair game.
“That’s their knowledge. What isn’t fair and what is totally unacceptable is if there has been any transfer of IP.
“I’m not going to disclose exactly where we are with certain individuals. It would be a criminal offence because IP is a team’s lifeblood, it’s what we invest millions of pounds into it.
“You wouldn’t want to see that turn up in a rival’s organisation. Otherwise, we may as well franchise it and be able to sell aerodynamics.”