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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 12: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner walks in the Paddock ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on June 12, 2022 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Horner to fuel the fire in Aston Martin ‘Green Red Bull’ dispute

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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says the origin of Aston Martin’s ’copycat’ Red Bull will be once again questioned at the next FIA F1 Commission meeting, despite the FIA clearing Lawrence Stroll’s team of any wrongdoing.

Claims of a “green Red Bull” first arose at the Spanish Grand Prix, when Aston Martin brought out their heavily-upgraded AMR-22. Vettel and Stroll’s car looked alarmingly like Red Bull’s Championship-leading RB18.

Speaking to the media, Horner revealed his intent to raise the ‘copycat’ dispute again.

“Obviously it’s an ongoing process,” Horner said. 

“It really sits with the FIA at the moment so there’s nothing really further to add from our side.

“I’m sure, again, within the two-hour window that we have in Austria for the Formula 1 commission meeting next week, it’ll be added to the list of discussion topics.”

History Repeating Itself?
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MONTREAL, QUEBEC – JUNE 19: Lance Stroll of Canada driving the (18) Aston Martin AMR22 Mercedes on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 19, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

It’s not the first time that a Lawrence Stroll-led team has faced scrutiny for a “copycat” car. Aston Martin’s predecessor, Racing Point, was labelled the “pink Mercedes” after reverse-engineering the 2019 Mercedes car, a tactic that the FIA has since banned.

Although Horner wants to continue the dispute, his colleague and Red Bull advisor, Helmut Marko has already admitted that an internal investigation found “no evidence” of a data leak which could have led to Aston Martin recreating their 2022 car.

According to RacingNews365.com, Horner revealed a number of issues that will be raised at the next FIA F1 Commission meeting.

The rise of inflation, its influence on the cost cap, and the FIA’s new technical directive will undoubtedly be hit topics on everyone’s lips.

“I think the TD has largely been addressed,” Horner said.

“What happened in Montreal wasn’t right, the process, that it was introduced on a Thursday afternoon and the manner without any consultation with a technical group.

“So I think that consultation has now happened through that technical working group, or the TAC as it’s now known, and I think the implementation with the timing for France has now followed that process.

“We need to come up with solutions because we’re now at the half-year point,” he added.

“Regarding obviously the cost cap issue, it will be interesting to see what the FIA presents. They promised to come back to us with a proposal, so we’ll listen with interest to see what’s put on the table.”

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