Aston Martin boss Mike Krack feared the team would face a “war of words” with Christian Horner after suggestions the team copied Red Bull’s car design. The British marque introduced a new B-spec model at the Spanish Grand Prix which appeared similar to the Red Bull design.
This was met with allegations the team had copied the model with the new car dubbed the “Green Bull”. In a cheeky dig, Horner was even spotted drinking a lime Red Bull on the pit wall after the car was revealed.
Krack has denied the team copied Red Bull’s design and admits he was angry at the accusations. He also suggested the team were “relaxed” about the upgrade and distanced themselves from any confirmation early on.
The Aston Martin team principal said: “Frustration is the wrong word because we knew that, we anticipated that this will happen. I think we might have taken it more on board if there was any truth in it. We really did our stuff.
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But, Red Bull warned any transfer of components would be a breach of regulations and a “serious concern”. Horner then appeared to hit out at Aston Martin, suggesting they had chosen to clone their model.
He commented: “It’s quite a thing to instruct your team to come up with a very close-looking clone of our car. A few people have moved over the winter period, and what you can’t control is what they take in their heads.
“But what would be of grave concern to us would be if any IP had in any way changed hands.”