Red Bull Racing are seeking legal action over their leaked design documents. These documents are at the centre of the protest led by Spyker over ‘customer cars’. Red Bull Racing began an investigation last week to find out how the confidential blueprints landed up in the hands of their rivals, Spyker.
As a result of their investigations, Red Bull believe they have found the source of the leak and are meeting with their lawyers to discuss potential legal action against the leak. At this point in time, it is unclear as to whether or not Red Bull will also be considering legal action against Spyker, or whether Red Bull will be pursuing the claims via a formal complaint with the police, or by filing a lawsuit in the civil courts.
The blueprints were given to the stewards at the Malaysian Grand Prix by the Spyker team. Spyker felt that the design was labelled for both the Red Bull F1 team and Scuderia Toro Rosso, proving that one constructor was in fact designing parts for both of the teams.
The only thing the Spyker team will say about how they got hold of the confidential documents is that they were mailed to them anonymously.
Christian Horner, boss of Red Bull, will not be drawn on how his team will be attacking the legal processes, however he has stressed that the matter will not be taken lightly.
“We are still looking into it, in an attempt to understand why, where and how Spyker were able to get hold of these drawings when they are clearly the intellectual property of Red Bull Technology,” Horner explained. “We’re looking into it – we’re treating it with the utmost seriousness.”
The big question now is whether the documents will actually be admissable in the arbitration case between Spyker and Toro Rosso as many law courts will refuse to accept evidence that has been acquired illegally.