FIA single-seater chief Nikolas Tombazis has said that there is no evidence that Alpha Tauri and Red Bull were working together to fast-track solutions to their cars in 2023, but wants to audit teams in the future to ensure such laws aren't being broken.
Now, Tombazis has said that there was no foul play found in the collaboration between Red Bull and AlphaTauri, but that more attention will be paid to close collaborations in the future.
“We check teams that are in close proximity to each other a lot more closely than we check completely independent teams, exactly to make sure this thing doesn't happen,” he told Motorsport.com.
“It has been a concern not only between the two teams mentioned, but also among other pairs of teams.
“We believe that AlphaTauri specifically does have quite different aerodynamic solutions to the other company, and we don't think there's any sign of any direct collaboration.
“Clearly, they are working hard and they have made a step forward. But I don't think it can be said it's due to collaboration. That said, collaboration, or making sure that no such thing happens, is one of the tricky parts of policing teams.
“We do need to audit and make sure that all of these teams are well segregated and so on. And we will be issuing some further guidances quite soon to just provide further information to the teams about how they can convince us none of that is happening. We're not underestimating the challenge and it is one of the difficulties we have.”
Rule changes 'challenging'
One prominent discussion point revolves around the notion of utilising a single car to expedite the development of new components by exploring multiple development avenues. This approach was thought to be a potential reason why AlphaTauri initially struggled to keep up with the pace early in the season.
“That is obviously heavily illegal, because we have at times in the past checked similar components between teams and then got into their development process to see how they evolved,” Tombazis said on the matter.
“I don't think there's something like that happening at the moment. We have checked and we have a process to check. Is it easy? No, I'm not saying it's easy, it's always sort of a challenge.”
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