Mercedes, who dominated observe with Lewis Hamilton Hamilton quickest in each classes, have been operating the Dual Axis Steering (DAS) system for the primary time at a race weekend.
Mercedes are chasing a seventh successive title double this F1 season (AP Photo)
- Red Bull questioning the legality of Mercedes’ Dual Axis Steering (DAS) system
- Red Bull group boss Christian Horner mentioned it was a ‘gray space’ of the principles
- DAS permits a driver to vary the ‘toe angle’ of the entrance wheels by pushing and pulling on the steering wheel
Formula One stewards rejected on Friday a Red Bull protest against a brand new steering system utilized by champions Mercedes in observe for the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.
The motion involved the automobiles of six-times world champion Lewis Hamilton and Finnish group mate Valtteri Bottas, with Red Bull questioning the legality of the Dual Axis Steering (DAS) system.
Mercedes, who dominated observe with Hamilton quickest in each classes, have been operating the system for the primary time at a race weekend.
The governing FIA has already banned DAS for 2021, regardless of the automobiles remaining the identical as a result of new guidelines being postponed to 2022.
Red Bull group boss Christian Horner mentioned it was a ‘gray space’ of the principles and requested why it ought to stay legal this season.
DAS permits a driver to vary the ‘toe angle’ of the entrance wheels by pushing and pulling on the steering wheel, relatively than simply shifting it sideways.
The stewards, after hours of deliberation in a choice revealed after midnight in Austria, determined the protest was “not founded”.
“The Stewards believe DAS is part of the steering system, albeit not a conventional one,” they dominated. “The key challenges to the legality of DAS rely on it not being part of the steering system.
“The stewards determine that DAS is not in breach of the suspensionrelated laws.”
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff had earlier welcomed a clarification.
“We assume we’re on the fitting facet. There was plenty of speaking and change with the FIA, that is the explanation why we’ve got it on the automotive,” he added before the verdict.
“Controversy and totally different judgement on engineering innovation has all the time been a part of Formula One. This is what’s to be anticipated in a means. It’s a part of the racing.”
The stewards reminded Red Bull of their right to appeal certain decisions within time limits.
Mercedes are chasing a seventh successive title double this season. Red Bull were third overall last year but could be the German manufacturer’s biggest challengers in 2020.