Aston Martin cleared of copying Red Bull's F1 car

Aston Martin cleared of copying Red Bull's F1 car

May 20, 2022 by ESPN

Key Facts

  • Formula One recently banned teams from directly copying rival designs after Racing Point, which became Aston Martin in 2021, employed a process that used photos to copy the design of the 2019 Mercedes car.
  • In a statement ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix weekend, the FIA said it launched an investigation into the revised Aston Martin design and found that it was not a case of "reverse engineering" or a result of an illegal transfer of intellectual property (IP).
  • The investigation, which involved CAD checks and a detailed analysis of the development process adopted by Aston Martin, confirmed that no wrongdoing had been committed, and therefore the FIA considers that the Aston Martin aerodynamic upgrades are compliant.
  • "Article 17.3 specifically defines and prohibits 'Reverse Engineering,' i.e. the digital process of converting photographs (or other data) to CAD models, and prohibits IP transfer between teams, but equally, this Article permits car designs getting influenced by those of competitors, as has always been the case in Formula 1.

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