Five F1 Spanish GP updates you may have missed

While almost all of the attention on car changes has been on Aston Martin amid a copycat row with Red Bull, there have been plenty of other noteworthy ideas to emerge up and down the pitlane. Here we take a look at the most interesting upgrades that have been spotted so far. Red Bull RB18 floor Photo by: Giorgio Piola Red Bull Red Bull has a revised front wing, enabling it to generate more load and balance it against the high downforce rear wing it has mounted on the RB18. However, in terms of non-circuit specific updates, we have to look at its floor and more specifically the region where the sidepods undercut meets with the widest section of the sidepod bodywork for something a bit more detailed. It’s here, which the team noted in the pre-event automobile notes, that it has added a teardrop shaped blister in order to influence the airflow’s direction and improve the total pressure on the upper surface of the floor (red arrow). However, what’s also new but wasn’t expressly talked about, is an upturned lip now applied to the section of floor before the cutout (blue arrow) that will defend against the airflow spilling off the surface. These two small adjustments have been made in combination in order to better manage the airflow’s route and pressure distribution in that region, not only to improve performance locally but also up and downstream of the section. Ferrari F1-75 floor Photo by: Giorgio Piola Ferrari Ferrari has a new, higher downforce, rear wing this weekend, which the team tested in advance at Monza during a filming day. It features a revised spoon shaping to the mainplane and the upper flap has a deeper chord length in the outboard section. Ferrari first tested a new specification floor and diffuser in Australia but, having only one manufactured at that point and perhaps not giving the instantaneous uplift in performance it expected, it wasn’t raced. In order to unlock the performance merits of that floor and diffuser, the Scuderia has made a significant change to its outer floor strake this weekend. Now longer and much taller than the team has used before (see dotted yellow line for position of previous strake), the outstretched surface will help to manage the wake shed by the front tyre, while the notch created ahead of the floor transition will shed a vortex that its predecessor did not. Mercedes Mercedes has introduced a handful of new parts to help quell the ill effects posed by porpoising, which should allow the team to unlock some of the car’s latent potential that has been masked by it so far. However, one item of interest that’s gone under the radar is that it has made further changes to its front wing, having already introduced a radical design concept in Miami. In addition to the forwardly swept flap and endplate juncture that design entails, the team has altered the geometry of the endplate, with the surface now more inwardly angled than before (left image). This will obviously have a bearing on the airflow’s trajectory in its own right but, the designers have also taken this opportunity as a means to alter the width of the diveplane too, making it considerably wider when compared with the previous specification (right image). McLaren MCL36 front brakes Photo by: Giorgio Piola McLaren McLaren had a laundry list of parts at its disposal this weekend as it looked to improve almost every aspect of the MCL36. One element of this upgrade is a return to carbon fibre innards for the brake assembly, with the team using a titanium brake disc enclosure throughout the course of the opening five races (left). This followed on from the team arriving at the pre-season test in Bahrain and establishing it had a problem that had not arisen in the first running at Barcelona. The original carbon fibre enclosure led to overheating issues and resulted in running being heavily curtailed during the Bahrain test. The titanium variant had been introduced as a stop gap while the team found a more suitable design solution.  That solution has arrived in Spain (right) and features a much larger enclosure, along with revisions to the inlet, fence and deflector and the pipework that feeds cool air to the caliper. Alpine A522 front wing endplate Photo by: Giorgio Piola Alpine Alpine is another team that has revised its front wing endplate for the Spanish Grand Prix, with the team taking note of the design employed by Haas since the start of the season. As denoted by the yellow line, the leading edge of the endplate now features a wave-like profile, albeit not as pronounced as the Haas design. A kink is also now apparent in the section just above the flap juncture too (red arrow). The designers have also reworked the diveplane (inset), which adds angle of attack to the S-shaped surface when compared with its predecessor. The team is also running with a full-length Gurney flap on the trailing edge of the upper flap this weekend, whereas previously it had run an abbreviated version to help balance the car front-to-rear. shares comments
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Aston Martin compromised on cooling with updated F1 “launch car”

As part of the huge package of aerodynamic changes, the team had to make decisions on cooling several weeks ago, and it was caught out in part by unexpectedly high temperatures in Barcelona this weekend. In such circumstances, teams are obliged to ‘open up’ their cars and create extra cooling capacity, which in turn generates drag and impacts straightline speed. After a promising initial run on Friday, Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll qualified 16th and 18th respectively on Saturday, and their chances of making progress in Sunday’s race have obviously been compromised by the extra drag. Green said that the new package shows promise but conceded that the team still has to understand it. “There’s a lot of optimisation in this car that we need to do,” he said when asked about progress by Autosport. “It’s a completely different car, it needs a run around all the set-ups to see where the sweet spot is. “I think the temperatures really caught us out this weekend. We had to make a decision obviously on the cooling package for this car a month or so ago. “And we didn’t bring enough, to be honest. So that didn’t help. It’s a compromise for the race. Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR22 Photo by: Carl Bingham / Motorsport Images “For sure, it didn’t show its potential. It was much closer to its potential yesterday. And we lost our way a little bit, which can happen when you’ve got a brand new car. Yesterday was the first day of running, really.” Green explained that Vettel and Stroll struggled with handling issues in qualifying. Read Also: “They both suffered with significant oversteer,” he said. “Once you get oversteer at this track, not only does it hurt your sectors one and two, by the time you get to sector three, the rear tyres are finished, so sector three suffers as well. So all-in-all, we could have done a lot better.” Green suggested that the revised AMR22 should be considered a “launch car” given that so much is new. “We’re very comfortable with what we’ve learned and happy with what we’ve learned so far,” he added. “I think it’s got potential, for sure it’s got way more potential than the car that went before it. “We’ve just got to start extracting that performance and start developing it, really.” shares comments
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Vettel: Aston Martin F1 concept switch is right call despite Q1 exit

After some early season struggles, Aston Martin elected to introduce a major revamp of its AMR22 for this weekend’s race in Barcelona. Its move to adopt the same concept as Red Bull has triggered a wave of controversy and even prompted an investigation from the FIA over car copying – with it being given the all-clear. Any hopes that squad had of making an immediate leap forward in pace terms were dashed in qualifying, though, as neither Vettel nor team-mate Lance Stroll made it out of Q1. Vettel, who had his sights set on challenging for a Q3 spot, struggled to find a good balance and ended up 16th, while Stroll is two places further back. But, while Vettel expressed some surprise over team radio about getting knocked out in Q1, he is clear that Aston Martin’s upgrade direction is the right thing to have done. “If you look at the table [of lap times] it’s not that different, but we knew that it was not going to be a massive step in performance straight away,” said the German. “But we do believe in the concept. And we’re confident that there’s more to come. It’s very early. It’s basically a new car that ran yesterday so it is different. “I’m still figuring it out. I thought I had a good feeling and in quali, I was slowed down by let’s say, the poor car balance in terms of struggling to get a feel for the rear, the trust in the rear of the car. It was moving too much. “I just couldn’t carry the speeds that I did in practice or I thought I needed to.” Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images Vettel said both he and Aston Martin just need more time to better understand what’s needed to extract more lap time from the new car. He also suggested things were not helped by the higher than expected temperatures that have greeted teams in Spain this weekend. “We start from a new page,” he said. “We basically shook the car down yesterday, so it’s very different to what it’s been before. I’m confident that this is the way to go. “I mean, I know the lap time isn’t great, but I knew it was hot. I saw after the first run that nobody was really smashing it in terms of lap time. So yeah, I was surprised because I thought I expected to be better off today, somewhere around P10.” shares comments
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Auction set for Sean Connery’s Aston Martin DB5, sans ejector seat

There’s no ejector seat, oil slick maker or machine gun, but the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that Sean Connery bought for himself more than a half-century after driving one as James Bond in Goldfinger is up for sale.
The actor bought the DB5 at the suggestion of his children in 2018, two years before he died at age 90. It’s the only one he ever personally owned, and auction company Broad Arrow Group expects it to sell for $1.4 million to $1.8 million.
“Dad used to talk about owning his own DB5, for no other reason than he loved the car,” son Jason Connery said in a statement from Broad Arrow. “He did tell me that driving the movie cars, all laden down with the gadgets, especially the machine guns in the front, made the car really front heavy and turning at slow speed was a Herculean task, so driving without gadgets was a joy! He loved how well balanced it was. Dad also said he would have kept the ejector seat. I didn’t ask who for.”

After a yearlong search, Sean Connery found a black 1964 DB5 in near-perfect condition. The car still has little evidence of being sat in beyond some creases in the seat leather, according to Barney Ruprecht, an Aston Martin specialist with Broad Arrow who helped Connery locate it. Connery had the vehicle painted Snow Shadow Gray to match the Bond car in Goldfinger.
Connery kept the car at his home in Switzerland and had a photo of it on his desk.
“Unfortunately as he got older, traveling, especially to Europe [became difficult], and then COVID hit,” Jason Connery told CNN. “You know, unfortunately, he never really got to enjoy the car that he’d bought.”
The car will be part of Broad Arrow’s August auction in Monterey, Calif., with most of the proceeds going to the Sean Connery Philanthropy Fund.

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California pilot program allows front license plate stickers

The story goes that just before Jaguar debuted the E-Type in 1961, the company asked the British government for an exemption from affixing the mandatory front plate. The government refused. Which is why the debut E-Type had a giant sticker on its hood reading, “9600 HP,” the coupe its own sticker with “77 RW.” The quest to avoid diminishing a car’s leading-edge design continues to this day, and California might have provided a solution for everyone: Jalopnik reports the state now allows stickers to be used as front license plates.

It’s taken nine years and five bills in the California State Legislature to get to this point, and the program is still in pilot phase. In 2013, the California Senate tasked the DMV with brainstorming ways to avoid the annual rigmarole of sending stickers and cards to vehicle owners. A company in Huntington Beach, California called License Plate Wrap presented its idea for license plate stickers to the Senate in 2014. After being approved, LPW passed a series of tests with the California Highway Patrol, then succeeded with a pilot program involving 28 fleet vehicles.

The exploratory program has been extended and opened to the public. For interested CA residents, the first step to getting on board is to make sure your registration is current. Go to the LPW site and choose from the menu of eight kinds of plates. Provide the information for the plate — the same details you’d give to the DMV, plus the vehicle’s mileage. Here’s the anachronistic part: LPW doesn’t take credit cards, so you can only pay with PayPal or by sending a check, money order, or cashier’s check. The cost is $85 plus tax, which comes to $93.89, and that’s on top of the DMV fee for special plates. Delivery takes three to six weeks, and for the purposes of the pilot program, LPW needs to be informed when the wrap is installed. And seeing that this is a front plate replacement program, the sticker needs to be placed where police and cameras can still read it.

Finally, the company recommends only using the sticker on a vehicle with good paint, saying, “Removal of LPW will not damage the paint if the vehicle has original factory paint job or high quality paint.”

The bill that led to the program asked the California DMV “to evaluate the use of alternatives to stickers, tabs, license plates, and registration cards, subject to certain requirements….” That’s license plates in general, and California doesn’t mandate stickers on front plates, only on the rear. We suspect that if this finds wide adoption among the public and by police departments, back plates could be wraps as well.

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Global pollution kills 9 million people a year, study finds

A new study blames pollution of all types for 9 million deaths a year globally, with the death toll attributed to dirty air from cars, trucks and industry rising 55% since 2000.

That increase is offset by fewer pollution deaths from primitive indoor stoves and water contaminated with human and animal waste, so overall pollution deaths in 2019 are about the same as 2015.

The United States is the only fully industrialized country in the top 10 nations for total pollution deaths, ranking 7th with 142,883 deaths blamed on pollution in 2019, sandwiched between Bangladesh and Ethiopia, according to a new study in the journal The Lancet Planetary Health. Tuesday’s pre-pandemic study is based on calculations derived from the Global Burden of Disease database and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle. India and China lead the world in pollution deaths with nearly 2.4 million and almost 2.2 million deaths a year, but the two nations also have the world’s largest populations.

When deaths are put on a per population rate, the United States ranks 31st from the bottom at 43.6 pollution deaths per 100,000. Chad and the Central African Republic rank the highest with rates about 300 pollution deaths per 100,000, more than half of them due to tainted water, while Brunei, Qatar and Iceland have the lowest pollution death rates ranging from 15 to 23. The global average is 117 pollution deaths per 100,000 people.

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Pollution kills about the same number of people a year around the world as cigarette smoking and second-hand smoke combined, the study said.

“9 million deaths is a lot of deaths,” said Philip Landrigan, director of the Global Public Health Program and Global Pollution Observatory at Boston College.

“The bad news is that it’s not decreasing,” Landrigan said. “We’re making gains in the easy stuff and we’re seeing the more difficult stuff, which is the ambient (outdoor industrial) air pollution and the chemical pollution, still going up.”

It doesn’t have to be this way, researchers said.

“They are preventable deaths. Each and every one of them is a death that is unnecessary,” said Dr. Lynn Goldman, dean of the George Washington University School of Public Health, who wasn’t part of the study. She said the calculations made sense and if anything. was so conservative about what it attributed to pollution, that the real death toll is likely higher.

The certificates for these deaths don’t say pollution. They list heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, other lung issues and diabetes that are “tightly correlated” with pollution by numerous epidemiological studies, Landrigan said. To then put these together with actual deaths, researchers look at the number of deaths by cause, exposure to pollution weighted for various factors, and then complicated exposure response calculations derived by large epidemiological studies based on thousands of people over decades of study, he said. It’s the same way scientists can say cigarettes cause cancer and heart disease deaths.

“That cannon of information constitutes causality,” Landrigan said. “That’s how we do it.”

Five outside experts in public health and air pollution, including Goldman, told The Associated Press the study follows mainstream scientific thought. Dr. Renee Salas, an emergency room doctor and Harvard professor who wasn’t part of the study, said “the American Heart Association determined over a decade ago that exposure to (tiny pollution particles) like that generated from the burning of fossil fuels is causal for heart disease and death.”

“While people focus on decreasing their blood pressure and cholesterol, few recognize that the removal of air pollution is an important prescription to improve their heart health,” Salas said.

Three-quarters of the overall pollution deaths came from air pollution and the overwhelming part of that is “a combination of pollution from stationary sources like coal-fired power plants and steel mills on one hand and mobile sources like cars, trucks and buses. And it’s just a big global problem,” said Landrigan, a public health physician. “And it’s getting worse around the world as countries develop and cities grow.”

In New Delhi, India, air pollution peaks in the winter months and last year the city saw just two days when the air wasn’t considered polluted. It was the first time in four years that the city experienced a clean air day during the winter months.

That air pollution remains the leading cause of death in South Asia reconfirms what is already known, but the increase in these deaths means that toxic emissions from vehicles and energy generation is increasing, said Anumita Roychowdhury, a director at the advocacy group Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi.

“This data is a reminder of what is going wrong but also that it is an opportunity to fix it,” Roychowdhury said.

Pollution deaths are soaring in the poorest areas, experts said.

“This problem is worst in areas of the world where population is most dense (e.g. Asia) and where financial and government resources to address the pollution problem are limited and stretched thin to address a host of challenges including health care availability and diet as well as pollution,” said Dan Greenbaum, president of the Health Effects Institute, who wasn’t part of the study.

In 2000, industrial air pollution killed about 2.9 million people a year globally. By 2015 it was up to 4.2 million and in 2019 it was 4.5 million, the study said. Toss in household air pollution, mostly from inefficient primitive stoves, and air pollution killed 6.7 million people in 2019, the study found.

Lead pollution — some from lead additive which has been banned from gasoline in every country in the world and also from old paint, recycling batteries and other manufacturing — kills 900,000 people a year, while water pollution is responsible for 1.4 million deaths a year. Occupational health pollution adds another 870,000 deaths, the study said.

In the United States, about 20,000 people a year die from lead pollution-induced hypertension, heart disease and kidney disease, mostly as occupational hazards, Landrigan said. Lead and asbestos are America’s big chemical occupational hazards, and they kill about 65,000 people a year from pollution, he said. The study said the number of air pollution deaths in the United States in 2019 was 60,229, far more than deaths on American roads, which hit a 16-year peak of nearly 43,000 last year. 

Modern types of pollution are rising in most countries, especially developing ones, but fell from 2000 to 2019 in the United States, the European Union and Ethiopia. Ethiopia’s numbers can’t quite be explained and may be a reporting issue, said study co-author Richard Fuller, founder of the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution and president of Pure Earth, a non-profit that works on pollution clean-up programs in about a dozen countries.

The study authors came up with eight recommendations to reduce pollution deaths, highlighting the need for better monitoring, better reporting and stronger government systems regulating industry and cars.

“We absolutely know how to solve each one of those problems,” Fuller said. “What’s missing is political will.”

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Junkyard Gem: Pair of 1950s Austin Champs

During the 1950s and 1960s, US military surplus Willys MB and Ford GPW Jeeps were cheap and plentiful here, but what if you wanted your general-purpose quarter-ton military vehicle to have a Rolls-Royce engine, right-hand drive, and a lineage stretching all the way back to the American Bantam BRC 40? What then? It appears that someone in Colorado asked that question back in those days, and the answer was this matched twosome of Austin Champs, now residing in a self-service car graveyard in northeastern Colorado.

After the British Army had great combat success using American-made Jeeps during World War II, national pride dictated that an all-British equivalent be built for the postwar military. This process gave the world some of the greatest vehicle names ever created, including the Nuffield Gutty and Wolseley Mudlark.

Eventually, the “Truck, 1/4-Ton, 4×4, CT, Austin Mk.1” emerged and began equipping the British Army starting in 1951. Though it was competent off-road, it proved very expensive to build and its complex powertrain was tough to maintain. By the middle 1950s, the cheaper and simpler Land Rover took over and the last of these machines left military service by 1968.

The Champ name was applied to the civilian version, and quickly became the title everybody applied to these vehicles. Few actual Champs were sold, though, so these are almost certainly former servants of Her Majesty (or maybe even His Majesty, who reigned until his death in early 1952).

The Champ got a Rolls-Royce-designed straight-four petrol engine of 2.8 liters’ displacement, with ancestry reaching all the way back to the Rolls-Royce Twenty of 1922.

That Roller had a smooth-running straight-six suitable for the plutocracy, while the Champ’s engine was designed from the outset as a sturdy, no-luxury military unit from the B-Range family. Such vehicles as the Humber Pig and Alvis Stalwart moved about using B-Range power, so the Champ was in tough company. Regardless of whatever snobby comments you might have about your Silver Ghost, this is still a genuine Rolls-Royce engine and only the second one I’ve found in all my years of writing about junkyard inmates.

Strangely, this isn’t the first British military vehicle I’ve found in a U-Wrench-type yard. Back in 2014, I spotted a numbers-matching 1970 Alvis Combat Vehicle, Reconnaissance (Tracked) in a legendary Southern California yard. I’ve also found a fair number of discarded ex-military trucks from the American armed forced over the years.

It appears that these trucks were used only by the British and Australian militaries, so these two didn’t manage to arrive in the United States after serving in Canada. Someone paid to have them brought over. Eventually, they ended up being parked outdoors, at the mercy of the elements for decades, and now here they are.

Rated for fording six-foot-deep rivers!

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The new Nissan Z is coming to ‘Rocket League’ | Gaming Roundup

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The Nissan Z Performance Bundle is hitting the “Rocket League” shop on May 26th

The new Nissan Z has been officially unveiled and it’s looking great so far. The only thing better than a new real-life Z is a new real-life Z and a new “Rocket League” Z, which is exactly what we’re getting. Thanks to a collaboration between Nissan and Psyonix (and eSports team FaZe clan, for some reason?), players will be able to pick up the Nissan Z Performance Bundle on May 26th for 1,100 in-game credits. You’ll receive the following for your investment:

Nissan Z Performance Bundle

  • Nissan Z Performance Car (Dominus Hitbox)
  • Nissan Z Performance Wheels
  • Nissan Z Performance Engine Audio
  • Nissan Z Performance Player Banner
  • Nissan x FaZe Clan Decal

Unfortunately, like so many other officially licensed vehicles in “Rocket League,” Nissan has opted to not let players customize their Z’s with the majority of the thousands of items available in the game. Seems pretty silly to us, but if you want to spend $11 on a car you can’t customize in a game with probably the most robust selection of car customization options of all time, who are we to tell you no? You’ll have the opportunity to pick up the bundle until June 7th.

“WRC Generations” is coming and will be available for purchase on October 13th

The latest title in the officially licensed FIA “WRC” series finally has a release date and it’ll be hitting shelves this October 13th for Xbox One and Series X/S, Playstation 4 and 5, PC and even Nintendo Switch. The game is being billed as “an authentic and comprehensive rally racing simulation” offering “an unrivaled level of realism.” It’s being made by the same teams that have been making the games for years now, KT Racing and Nacon, and if you ask us that’s a great thing. We’ve loved the past iterations of the “WRC” series and this one looks to be another exciting addition to the crop.

So far, “Generations” has confirmed it will have all of the official content from the 2022 season, a new Rally Sweden environment, a new multiplayer league mode, new hybrid WRC Rally1 cars, 37 historical cars and even more to be announced in the future. The content coming over from past games promises to be “even more authentically portrayed than ever before” and “Generations” is also confirmed to have a record-setting 165 Special Stages. Want to see it in action? Check out the announcement trailer below.

 

“F1 22” will be getting circuit updates to stay consistent with the real-world tracks

“F1 22” has still yet to be released, but it was recently announced that some tracks will be receiving updates to stay on-par with their real-life counterparts. The Spanish, Australian and Abu Dhabi circuits are all set to be updated with “new turn layouts and details” to stay consistent with the 2022 season. The game is set to release on July 1st for Xbox One and Series X/S, Playstation 4 and 5 and PC. If you’re interested,
you can get your pre-order in right here.

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Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors unveil light EVs for Japan

KURASHIKI, Japan — Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors Corp and Nissan Motor Co unveiled their first jointly developed light electric vehicles (EVs), aiming to draw more Japanese drivers to battery-powered cars by offering low-priced micro models.

The two Japanese automakers, part of an alliance with French carmaker Renault SA, were once considered trailblazers in Japan’s EV market but have struggled to attract customers and face challenges from fast-growing newcomers such as Tesla.

“I’m confident that (the new vehicles) representing the alliance will be a game changer for electric vehicles in Japan,” Nissan Chief Executive Officer Makoto Uchida said at an unveiling of the new models in the western Japan city of Kurashiki.

The automakers are hoping to leverage their presence in Japan’s unique market for micro “kei” cars, which account for nearly 40% of cars on the road in Japan.

The three companies’ alliance early this year detailed a five-year plan to invest $26 billion on EV development, including kei cars.

Nissan, which produces the Leaf and the Ariya electric vehicles, will offer its first light EV, the Sakura, starting at about 1.78 million yen ($13,891) after factoring in a government subsidy, and with a range of 180 km (112 miles).

Mitsubishi Motors, maker of i-MiEV electric cars, will release the “eK cross EV” starting from about 1.85 million yen including the subsidy, also with a range of 180 km.

Both automakers said they would start selling their new line-up of electric “kei” cars this summer.

“People who used to think that EVs are too expensive will become a little more interested in EVs and will be willing to give them a try,” said Riho Suzuki, Nissan regional product manager.

($1 = 128.1400 yen)

(Reporting by Satoshi Sugiyama; Editing by Edmund Klamann)

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Red Bull focused on checking for IP leaks in F1 Aston Martin copy row

Aston Martin’s updated AMR22 car broke cover on Friday in Barcelona with a raft of new parts that drew significant similarities to Red Bull’s RB18 model, causing it to be dubbed a ‘green Red Bull’. The FIA confirmed it had investigated Aston Martin’s design methods, but found its processes complied with the regulations. Red Bull responded by saying it had noted the FIA’s response “with interest”, but that a transfer of IP between teams would be of “serious concern”. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner felt there was “no coincidence” that Aston Martin had ended up with such a similar design given a number of Red Bull employees had moved across in recent months. The team’s technical director, Pierre Wache, admitted he was “surprised” to see such similarities in the Aston Martin but said that, after the FIA’s checks, the focus now was on ensuring there had been no IP leak from Red Bull. “For us, the main aspect was to be sure that it was done within the rules,” Wache said. “The FIA checked, and it looks like [it was]. We on our side now are to check that we don’t have any IP leak. That is the main asset of the team. We want to make sure of that, that is what we are investigating at the moment. “As a personal engineering aspect, it was satisfying that a team copied us. It means our concept is not so bad.” Pierre Wache, Technical Director, Red Bull Racing, and Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing Photo by: Motorsport Images Aston Martin technical chief Andrew Green felt “disappointed” by Red Bull’s accusations, calling them “wide of the mark”, but Wache did not feel his team had been overly vocal or made a “massive voice” about it. “We just want to be sure that we protect ourselves, and on the budget cap, the main aspect of the budget is IP, and we want to make sure that how we spend our money is secure and our assets are secure,” he said. Wache added that the push to investigate if there had been any transfer of IP was so “it could not happen to another team, to be honest, not only to Aston Martin” and that it was a “diligence” for Red Bull to look into it. “In terms of action with the FIA, I think the response from the FIA is clear,” Wache said. “It looks like the car itself and the way to achieve it was legal, and we won’t do any more action on this aspect until we find something on our side.” A number of Red Bull design staff have made the switch to Aston Martin in recent months, including former head of aerodynamics Dan Fallows, who started as Aston Martin’s technical director at the beginning of April. Wache accepted that it was impossible to “control the head of people” and the ideas or methodologies they carried between teams, but that a transfer of IP would be far more severe. “It’s like a football team, the football players are the engineers in this business,” Wache said. “I think it’s not what we are after, it’s more if we have some electronic file leak in the system that we cannot control what the people do, and whether people transfer what they know. “You cannot unlearn something. That is not something we are after.” shares comments
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