Sebastian Vettel doesn't believe that the fact that two key members of Red Bull's staff have recently signed to Aston Martin has anything to do with him - a former Red Bull driver - being there.
Andrew Alessi will arrive at Aston Martin this month as their new head of technical operations, whilst Red Bull's current head of aerodynamics, Dan Fallows, will leave the Milton Keynes-based squad at the end of his contract to join Aston Martin as technical director.
When asked if he was a catalyst for these appointments, Vettel denied that this was the case.
"I don't know, but I don't think so," the German told RacingNews365.com and other select media. "I think obviously I haven't been in Red Bull for a long time, and I had a lot of years at Ferrari inbetween.
"So I think it's probably also a more natural switch from team to team within the English teams without having to change your whole setup.
"So I think there's generally lots of switches between the team every year, some names are more popular than others, but obviously it's easier to move within the same sort of area than switching or moving country, moving house."
Vettel was a part of the Red Bull stable between 2007 and 2014, and won his four World Championships with the main team. Team boss Christian Horner recently named Vettel as one of the three key drivers that have defined the outfit.
Whilst it was some time ago that Vettel worked with the staff joining Aston Martin from Red Bull, he is hopeful that they can have a positive impact.
"I think I've worked with both. It's now quite a while ago," the four-times World Champion said. "It's a lot of time that has passed, but I think they will definitely help the team to become stronger.
"There's a lot of signings the team have done, of people that maybe don't have a big name in Formula 1, but ideally that's what you achieve with every signing is to try and enforce the group."