Because the 2023 marketing campaign drew to a detailed, AlphaTauri introduced a string of aggressive upgrades to climb from final to eighth within the constructors’ championship. In the meantime, Crimson Bull didn’t meaningfully replace its automobile from August.
With the upgrades giving AlphaTauri main positive aspects in low-speed corners – an space of weak spot for Crimson Bull – rivals thought-about how excessive the junior crew would possibly climb and whether or not any sharing of useful resource may also assist Crimson Bull eke out its restricted wind tunnel testing allowance.
Whereas Crimson Bull F1 boss Christian Horner has rubbished the suggestion that any guidelines are being damaged, and the FIA has accomplished compliance checks, Brown says he nonetheless has “large issues” over the alliance.
Talking completely to Autosport, the McLaren boss stated: “The million-dollar query that none of us know is how early did they [Red Bull] flip off this yr’s automobile?
“We all know we’ve outperformed the others within the growth race, and we all know we’ve closed the hole to Crimson Bull however what none of us know is: did Crimson Bull cease, and we simply caught up, or had been they nonetheless creating?
“Additionally, we have now some large issues over the alliance between AlphaTauri and Crimson Bull. I believe that’s one thing that must be addressed sooner or later.
“So, I nonetheless suppose the game has a approach to go to make it possible for everybody is really unbiased.”
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Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT04, battles with Sergio Perez, Crimson Bull Racing RB19, Oscar Piastri, McLaren MCL60
Groups might type technical alliances (presently probably the most notable is the working relationship between Haas and Ferrari) to purchase specified parts, together with hydraulics, gearbox and suspension.
Fears that Crimson Bull and AlphaTauri have overstepped have been fuelled by AlphaTauri transferring personnel from Faenza to the UK because it seeks to save cash by consolidating round its aerodynamics facility in Bicester.
Brown continued: “It’s two groups with frequent possession, which you wouldn’t have in different sports activities.
“[It could benefit Red Bull in] loads of other ways. There’s a cause why they’re transferring loads of their individuals from Italy.
“As Helmut [Marko, Red Bull motorsport advisor] has stated, they will do completely every thing they’ll to learn from having two groups.
“I get that as a result of that’s what the foundations say. However I believe we have to take a look at the governance of the game round technical alliances.”