Valtteri Bottas says he sees no reason not to use DAS in Melbourne

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Valtteri Bottas says he is happy to have Dual Axis Steering on the car and sees “no reason” not to use it right from the start of the season.

Mercedes revealed the innovative DAS system during the second day of pre-season testing, but questions remain about its legality. Furthermore, it’s not clear yet if the system will be used in the first race of the season in Australia, but Valtteri Bottas says he sees “no reason why not”.

“Definitely run by run we were learning more about it,” said the Finn.

“With the test, the engineers have more time to learn from the data and more of the guidelines for us as the drivers, how to best use it.

“What kind of situations it can bring the advantage, how big an advantage it will give us, and at which tracks is a bit of a question mark.

“We’re happy to have it on the car, and now it all goes pretty smoothly and starts to feel like everything goes pretty automatically without too much thinking about it, and we’re using it what we think is the best,” concluded Bottas.


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