Formula 1
Formula 1
R
Azerbaijan GP
04 Jun
-
07 Jun
FP1 in
76 days
11 Jun
-
14 Jun
FP1 in
83 days
25 Jun
-
28 Jun
FP1 in
97 days
02 Jul
-
05 Jul
FP1 in
104 days
16 Jul
-
19 Jul
FP1 in
118 days
R
Hungarian GP
30 Jul
-
02 Aug
FP1 in
132 days
27 Aug
-
30 Aug
FP1 in
160 days
03 Sep
-
06 Sep
FP1 in
167 days
R
Singapore GP
17 Sep
-
20 Sep
FP1 in
180 days
24 Sep
-
27 Sep
FP1 in
187 days
R
United States GP
22 Oct
-
25 Oct
FP1 in
216 days
29 Oct
-
01 Nov
FP1 in
223 days
R
Brazilian GP
12 Nov
-
15 Nov
FP1 in
237 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
26 Nov
-
29 Nov
FP1 in
251 days

Mercedes "pretty confident" new DAS system is legal

shares
comments
Mercedes "pretty confident" new DAS system is legal
By:
Feb 20, 2020, 1:28 PM

Mercedes is "pretty confident" the new steering mode system it debuted in Barcelona Formula 1 testing on Thursday is legal, and says it had kept the FIA updated during the development process.

Mercedes sparked intrigue throughout the paddock after Lewis Hamilton was seen moving his steering wheel towards him on the straights during today’s test running, appearing to alter the toe angle of the front wheels.

The adjustments would theoretically offer a better set-up for corners while also reducing drag on the straights.

Speaking on Thursday in Barcelona, Allison said the new system was called ‘DAS’ - standing for ‘dual axis steering’.

“We have a system in the car, it’s a novel idea,” Allison said. “We’ve got a name for it. It’s called DAS, if you’re interested. It just introduces an extra dimension to the steering, to the driver, that we hope will be useful during the year.

“But precisely how we use it, why we use it, that’s something we’ll keep to ourselves.”

Mercedes AMG F1 steering wheel

Mercedes AMG F1 steering wheel

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Read Also:

The legality of the system was immediately questioned after the onboard footage from Hamilton’s car emerged, but Allison stressed the FIA was aware of its usage.

“This isn’t news to the FIA, it’s something that we’ve been talking to them about for some time,” Allison said.

“The rules are pretty clear about what’s permitted on steering systems, and we’re pretty confident that it matches all of these requirements.”

Hamilton said the team spent the morning “trying to get on top of it and understand it”, but had no safety concerns.

“Safety-wise, there were no problems today,” Hamilton said. "The FIA are OK with the project. For me it’s really encouraging to see that my team is continuing to innovate and stay ahead of the game.

“I think that’s just down to the great minds that we have working in this team. Hopefully it will work.”

Allison said the introduction of DAS was merely one of a number of innovations on the new Mercedes W11 car, which set the pace on the opening day of pre-season testing in Barcelona.

“Each of the new cars we bring to the track are just festooned with innovation,” Allison said.

"It’s just they’re not as obvious to you as a discreet standalone system like this where you can see it with your own eyes.

“One of the things that gave me massive pride is to be part of a team that doesn’t just turn the sausage handle each year, that is looking each year at how we can learn fast enough to bring all these innovations to the track and make them stick.

“This is fun, but it’s only the tip of an iceberg of similar stuff that’s across the car.”

Next article
Tech insight: What does Mercedes' steering wheel mode do?

Previous article

Tech insight: What does Mercedes' steering wheel mode do?

Next article

Alfa Romeo's new F1 simulator "will take time" to be ready

Alfa Romeo's new F1 simulator "will take time" to be ready
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Teams Mercedes Shop Now
Author Luke Smith