Allison believes the rules effectively prohibit the exchange of crucial technical knowledge between teams, assuring Mercedes that there are no legal gains to be had from such collaborations.
Allison: Rules are clear
“I’m not entirely sure what the nature of the relationships between those two teams is, but I am clear on what the rules are," he told Motorsport.com.
“And it is that other than the very limited part of the car where you are permitted to supply parts, and therefore a certain amount of technical data alongside those parts, in every other respect the rules are very tight about not passing on anything that could be regarded as intellectual property from one team to another.
“The way that rule is written is very broad and very powerful, and it pretty much makes any communication not permitted. If two teams have a strong relationship with each other, it can only really be a strong commercial relationship.
“It cannot be a strong technical or a strong sporting relationship because the rules forbid that.
“In the past it was more open, and the relationship that Mercedes enjoyed with the team that is now Aston Martin, at the time that was a relationship that permitted much greater freedom than it does today.
"In response to that relationship, the rules were tightened up substantially to mean that you cannot really have a technical or a sporting relationship.
“If it turns out that there is one, that is something that would cause unhappiness. So, there is not much mileage to seek a close relationship with another team from a technical point of view because it is not allowed.”
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