Mercedes face protest over steer­ing sys­tem

The Irish Times - - Sports -

Red Bull lodged an of­fi­cial protest against Mercedes at the sea­son-open­ing Aus­trian Grand Prix yes­ter­day after the cham­pi­ons used a con­tro­ver­sial new Dual Axis Steer­ing (DAS) sys­tem in prac­tice.

The ac­tion con­cerned the cars of six-times world cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton and team mate Valt­teri Bot­tas, with team rep­re­sen­ta­tives sum­moned to stew­ards at the Red Bull Ring.

Mercedes, who dom­i­nated prac­tice with Hamil­ton fastest in both ses­sions, were run­ning the sys­tem for the first time at a race week­end after it raised ques­tions in pre-sea­son test­ing.

The gov­ern­ing FIA has said al­ready that DAS will not be al­lowed next year, de­spite the cars re­main­ing the same due to new rules be­ing post­poned to 2022, but has not banned it for 2020.

“I think the fun­da­men­tal ques­tion for us is ‘does it com­ply with the reg­u­la­tions in what is a fun­da­men­tally grey area?’” Red Bull team boss Chris­tian Horner said.

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