With the 2020 Formula 1 season start, Mercedes has stunned with the introduction with the dual-axis steering concept. While the potential advantages have not been completely uncovered yet, it is discussed whether the Mercedes’ competitors will be able to replicate the DAS system.
Valterri Bottas, interviewed about the revolutionary steering systems, remarked that he is happy about the fact that the W11 is the only 2020 car with the DAS system, pointing out how it is easy to use.
"It's very nice to be the only team running that kind of system," Bottas said.
"I think it tells something about the great minds our team has.
Bottas added that it has taken about one time to design and implement the technology, indicating that it would be difficult for other teams to develop a similar technology.
"It's not just an easy thing to start making and designing, then actually making it work as it is now.
"We're still learning about the system and the potential, but I think in some kind of circumstances, it can be really good.
"That will be shown later in the year in different conditions and tracks.
"But it's quite impressive."
"I've been aware of it for quite a long time. It's not a quick project.
"I think the first time I heard something about it was nearly one year ago or something."
Bottas concluded underlining that the DAS has worked in a good way so far since it is extremely simple to use. The Finnish driver added that the system conforms to the rules, otherwise Mercedes would have not invested a great number of resources in its development.
“The system just works in a very good way," Bottas claimed.
"It's pretty solid, and never does anything funny, and you only move the wheel if you want to.
"We could simulate it in different ways, and try it with some simulation tools before we ran it on the car.
"There were no difficulties really. It's been pretty well-designed and made, and it's simple to use and there are no issues basically."
"I don't think that our team would start making and designing something that they think would get banned," he said.
"I think we're pretty comfortable that it is within the rules.
"For the other teams, it's something to think about, and I'm sure they're all evaluating if it's worth investing that amount of time and effort to try and make it for this year or not.
"For us, it was a pretty big project, and it would be pretty difficult to copy. I hope we can have an edge with that.
"We're in a good place with that ahead of the other teams."