A clip of Lewis Hamilton qualifying at the 2018 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix went viral in March.
It appeared to show Mercedes using their 'new' Dual-Axis Steering [DAS] system, but was this DAS in action or an optical illusion caused by rain on the camera? Mercedes have now hinted it could have been the former.
“Innovation, there are almost no new ideas, there are only old ideas, but there are different collections of ideas that make a new concept of something different,” said Owen.
“And so the DAS system was born out of the ashes of something else, something that we tried, something we’d actually raced on the car a couple of years ago, that sort of worked but didn’t really deliver all the promise that we had in it.
“So that was sort of put to one side as something we tried and didn’t perhaps live up to our expectations.”
In questo periodo di quarantena e di astinenza da Formula 1 guardavo il giro pole di Hamilton in Ungheria nel 2018. Chiedo al nostro sherlok holmes @matteobobbi . È solo una illusione ottica dovuta alle gocce o tira il volante a se come con il DAS? #skymotoripic.twitter.com/t9wBX6m7Yl
Although F1 teams have committed to running the same cars in 2021 as in the current season - a measure agreed upon to reduce costs given the current global crisis - a regulation change has outlawed DAS for next year.
This means that however effective DAS proves to be during 2020, Mercedes will be forced to remove the system for 2021.
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