Mercedes’ DAS deemed legal

The Red Bull team lodged an official protest against team Mercedes at this season-opening Austrian Grand Prix on Friday evening after the champions used a controversial new Dual Axis Steering (DAS) system in practice, earlier on.

DAS can allow the driver to change the ‘toe angle’ of the front wheels by simply pushing and pulling on the steering wheel, rather than just moving it sideways. It worth noting that DAS has been outlawed for next year, even though the cars will remain the same due to new rules being postponed to 2022. Yet somehow it has not banned it for the 2020 season.

“I think the fundamental question for us is ‘does it comply with the regulations in what is a fundamentally grey area?'”

“We do want clarity on it because it does have an impact regarding the rest of this year. It’s something that’s been outlawed for next year but the question is ‘Is it right for this year?” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner told the media in attendance.

Three hours after the appeal, Formula One stewards returned with a deliberation that the Mercedes DAS legal. All but shutting down Horner’s requests and hopes to have the DAS thrown out, all eyes are on Red Bull to see how soon they can get a DAS in their own car too.

The race is live on Sunday the 5th of July from 15:10 CAT.

Philani Mukwakwami


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