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Red Bull expect developments in Aston Martin 'copying' dispute this week

Helmut Marko has previously admitted that Red Bull's internal investigations have generated no evidence against Aston Martin in their 'copying' dispute.

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Christian Horner is expecting developments in the dispute surrounding Aston Martin and their alleged copying of Red Bull's car design as early as this week.

Aston Martin drew the wrath of Red Bull at the Spanish Grand Prix by bringing a heavily-updated car which had a strikingly similar design to the RB18.

The team have been conducting their own internal investigation while seeking clarification from the FIA regarding the regulations, and have cited Ferrari's Monaco Grand Prix protests as an example of wanting clearer-defined rules.

The FIA cleared Aston Martin of any wrongdoing, but Red Bull have since been in search of any potential data breach. And the team are expecting the topic to rear its head during the Austrian Grand Prix weekend with a two-hour-long FIA F1 Commission meeting planned.

"Obviously it's an ongoing process," Horner told select members of the media, including RacingNews365.com. "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."

What will be discussed during FIA F1 Commission meeting?

Speaking to RacingNews365.com at Silverstone, Horner provided an insight into the many topics that he expects to be discussed during the FIA F1 Commission meeting in Austria this weekend.

The FIA's new technical directive (TD) will be discussed with Mercedes amongst teams who still hold some concerns - but so too will the cost cap as teams look to adjust amid a rise in inflation.

"I think the TD has largely been addressed," he 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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