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Red Bull respond with a statement after the FIA clear Aston Martin

The off-track drama continues at the Spanish Grand Prix after Aston Martin presented an upgrade package with similarities to Red Bull's car design.

Red Bull have issued a response to the FIA after F1's governing body cleared Aston Martin of any wrongdoing with their latest upgrade package. Aston Martin have added a host of new parts to the AMR22 for this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, including a new floor body, fences and edges, and changes to the engine cover, cooling louvres, rear wing, sidepod inlets and Halo. The modifications, particularly in terms of the sidepods and engine cover, have drawn comparisons to the front-running Red Bull RB18. As the on-track action began in Barcelona, the FIA released a statement confirming that they had investigated Aston Martin's new features - which "resembled those of another competitor" - to ensure the changes did not breach any regulations.

Red Bull respond with their own statement

With the FIA ultimately clearing Aston Martin, Red Bull swiftly responded to express their concerns over the matter in an official statement. It follows on from team boss Christian Horner describing Aston Martin's new design as "a very close-looking clone of our car". "Oracle Red Bull Racing have noted the FIA's statement with interest," read Red Bull's statement. "While imitation is the greatest form of flattery, any replication of design would obviously need to comply with the FIA's rules around 'Reverse Engineering'. "However, should any transfer of IP have taken place, that would clearly be a breach of regulations and would be a serious concern."

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