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Formula 1: qualifying in Barcelona in the live ticker – copying allegation against Vettel team

2022-05-21T11:33:55.252Z

Formula 1: qualifying in Barcelona in the live ticker – copying allegation against Vettel team Created: 05/21/2022, 13:20 By: Christoph Klaucke Formula 1 makes a stop in Spain. Mercedes blows to attack Ferrari and Red Bull. We accompany the qualifying in Barcelona in the live ticker. Formula 1: Qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, Saturday, 4 p.m. Mercedes comeback? The Silver Arrows want to



Formula 1: qualifying in Barcelona in the live ticker – copying allegation against Vettel team

Created: 05/21/2022, 13:20

By: Christoph Klaucke

Formula 1 makes a stop in Spain.

Mercedes blows to attack Ferrari and Red Bull. We accompany the qualifying in Barcelona in the live ticker.

  • Formula 1: Qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, Saturday, 4 p.m.

  • Mercedes comeback?

    The Silver Arrows want to challenge Ferrari and Red Bull in Barcelona.

  • Fraud allegation against Aston Martin: Vettel team in Red Bull copy on the way?

    Qualifying in Barcelona in the live ticker.

Barcelona – Formula 1 continues this weekend with the Spanish Grand Prix.

Before the race on Sunday, qualifying is on the program in Barcelona (Saturday, 4 p.m., here in the live ticker).

Mercedes is suddenly back in the mix for the front seats and Aston Martin around Sebastian Vettel has to be accused of data theft.

Formula 1: qualifying in Barcelona in the live ticker – Mercedes attacks Ferrari and Red Bull

As every year, the teams had built numerous new parts on their cars before the Spanish Grand Prix (Sunday, 3 p.m. / Sky), after five races of the season the time for the updates had come.

Ferrari obviously didn't do anything wrong, and the start was no cause for concern for world champion Max Verstappen and Red Bull either: three tenths of a second behind Charles Leclerc on a Friday is not very meaningful.

Between the rivals, however, Mercedes caused a stir.

"We'll see this weekend if we're on the right track," Lewis Hamilton said before training.

At the end of the day, places two and three were up for George Russell and the record world champion.

Russell was just over a tenth of a second behind.

It was a remarkably good day for the Silver Arrows, who have pretty much been a third force so far.

Verstappen finished the training session in fifth place.

The Dutchman has won three of the five races of the season so far, most recently two in a row.

However, since he also had to retire twice with technical problems, Leclerc still clearly leads the driver standings (104 to 85 points).

Formula 1: qualifying in Barcelona in the live ticker – copying allegation against Vettel team

Sebastian Vettel took an encouraging eighth place in the revamped Aston Martin.

However, the sidepods of the green car are very similar to those of the Red Bull and that sparked debate.

Verstappen's team even accused Aston Martin of data theft.

Sebastian Vettel and his Aston Martin team have been accused of data theft by Red Bull.

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"You now have to clarify how this incredible copy came about," said Red Bulls motorsport consultant Helmut Marko on Sky: "You have to take into account that seven people were poached from us and that our chief aerodynamicist paid a disproportionately high fee to Aston Martin was pulled."

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Formula 1: Qualifying in Barcelona in the live ticker – Red Bull suspects data theft from Aston Martin

In addition, there is even "evidence that data was downloaded," said Marko, indicating that the ex-employees took Red Bull's intellectual property with them to the competition.

However, the World Automobile Association has already completed an investigation and certified Aston Martin not to have violated any rules.

However, the topic does not seem to be over yet.

Friday was also a good start for Mick Schumacher with tenth place.

In contrast to the competition, its Haas racing team does not use new parts on the car in Spain.

Follow qualifying in Barcelona on Saturday at 4 p.m. here in the live ticker.

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Source: merkur

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