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Helmut Marko

Marko clears up 'Aston Martin copy' statement

The Red Bull advisor clarifies remarks made after the Bahrain Grand Prix, after referring to there being 'three Red Bulls' on the podium.

Marko Bahrain
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When Fernando Alonso appeared on the podium with both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez at the Bahrain Grand Prix, Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko remarked that there were "three Red Bulls" on the podium.

It's no secret that the AMR23 has taken inspiration from the RB19, especially after the team hired ex-Red Bull engineer Dan Fallows to head their technical department.

This is what led to Marko sharing the remarks in an interview with Sky Sports after the race: "Not only did he make the switch, but also a number of other employees.

"Obviously they have a good memory. We had three Red Bulls on the podium, only the third had a different engine!"

Marko clarifies statements

While it appears that Marko could be alluding to the fact that former Red Bull engineers may have taken intellectual property to copy, he has clarified his remarks in an interview with Motorsport Total.

"No, by no means. And that shouldn't be an accusation either," he says when asked if the team will protest their car.

"These are just joking remarks. If you look at the field, the Aston Martin is the car that is most similar to the Red Bull."

Given their technical partnership with Mercedes, the AMR23 was largely designed using their wind tunnels. However, the team will be moving into their new on-site wind tunnel facilities at their factory in Silverstone in the future.

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