Mercedes face protest over steering system
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.