Toto Wolff thought DAS would “never work”, before trying it out

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Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff says he wasn’t convinced the Dual Axis Steering system would be practical for drivers to use.

The innovative system requires the drivers to pull and push the steering wheel, so Wolff’s initial reaction was: “It’ll never work”.

“As a driver, you don’t want to pull and push and steer at the same time,” explained the Austrian.

However the team built the first prototype and Wolff was given a chance to try it out for himself in the simulator.

“I was surprised at how easy it was.

“It’s an unnatural movement, but the stroke is short and you’re only doing it on the straight.”

The team obviously determined the system was safe to use and introduced it to the world on day 2 of pre-season testing.

Source: Auto Motor und Sport

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