Mercedes’ new Dual Axis Steering system is likely to be legal for this season only as the design will not be permitted under the 2021 technical regulations.
[f1tv2020testa]Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has indicated his team will seek a “clarification” from the FIA about the device which appeared in testing this week, and said they will accept whatever the sport’s governing body decides.
The FIA has already indicated the system appears to be legal based on the information Mercedes has supplied. However the rules are due to change in 2021.
The key text in the 2021 regulation states that any “re-alignment of the steered wheels” must be a “function of the rotational position of a single steering wheel”. This would prevent the wheels being adjusted by the wheel being pushed forwards and backwards, as the Mercedes currently permits.
However speaking in an FIA press conference today race director Michael Masi did not confirm the regulations change is intended to outlaw DAS. “We’ll see what teams can come up with within those boundaries of what the regulations are written for 2021,” he said.
“From our side [it’s] very simple: We don’t discuss individual teams’ technical elements,” he added. “When we’ve got a query from a respective team that we deal with them one on one on that basis.”
He stressed the FIA’s overriding concern with any innovation is that it does not compromise safety. “Anything from an FIA perspective, at the end of the day, safety is our number one element. So if there’s any questions regarding the safety side of it, rest assured that that is the highest priority from our side.”
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