On lap 45 of the Eifel Grand Prix a safety car was deployed after Lando Norris stopped his car at the Dunlop curve. Hamilton was in the lead, followed by Max Verstappen. However, when the race was restarted on lap 49 Hamilton quickly pulled away from Verstappen.
This led to Red Bull team boss Christian Horner saying the Briton was able to pull away because Mercedes’ innovative Dual Axis Steering system kept the tyres warm.
“The safety car waited until the field caught up,” Horner said after the race.
“It was very slow. The tyre temperature was therefore a problem.
“And because of the DAS system, Mercedes can perhaps handle it better than us.”
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However Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff doesn’t think DAS played a significant role in the race.
“You can see that the Red Bulls, Max particularly, were very good in sector one,” the Austrian said.
“So their warm-up and whatever they did was better than ours, but over a lap obviously we gained the time back.
“The DAS helped a little bit. It’s not the game-changer, the silver bullet like everybody believes.
“But it is a good tool to keep a little bit more heat in the front,” concluded Wolff.