Mercedes will run withoug DAS in Portuguese GP Free Practice

© Steve Etherington for Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd. reports that Mercedes will test its car without DAS during Portuguese Grand Prix Friday free practice sessions.

Mercedes introduced its innovative Dual Axis Steering system during pre-season testing and has already utilized it to its advantage in certain races. The system allows the driver to adjust the toe angle of the front wheel by pushing and pulling on the steering wheel.

However, even before the season started the FIA revealed such a system will be banned from 2021 onward. reports that for Portuguese Grand Prix free practice Mercedes set up a steering system similar to the one used in 2019. According to the report this was done to start early preparations for DAS removal in 2021.

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Despite the ban, Lewis Hamilton doesn’t appear to be worried. Earlier today the Briton said he is certain the team will come up with another ‘incredible design’ like DAS in 2021.

“A lot of the directions that Valtteri [Bottas] and I have been pushing the car over these past couple of years have come to fruition, and then there’s I’d say things that the team have dreamed up – some incredible designs such as DAS,” said Hamilton.

“Of course, it’s not around for next year which is totally fine, we’ll find another – another of the geniuses will come up with another great way of moving the team forward.”

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