Mercedes reinventing the wheel was banned one day after the release … but Lewis Hamilton and his coffins were able to enjoy the title-winning advantage, as the design will only be banned in 2021
- Mercedes tested their design while testing in Barcelona earlier this week
- Lewis Hamilton saw the adjustment of his tires with the steering wheel change
- Mercedes’ rivals were horrified and know that it will take months to mirror the design
- The new Hamilton steering wheel will probably give him a big advantage this season
The reinvention of the steering wheel by Mercedes is forbidden the day after it broke the cover.
Not that Lewis Hamilton and his coffins will mind, because it will only be banned in 2021 and is expected to give a title-winning advantage this season.
The design was tested during testing in Barcelona this week when Hamilton pushed his handlebar forward at the start of the straight, brought in his front tires and then retracted into the curves, bringing the tires out, perfect grip for the demands of the job.
The ingenious new steering wheel from Mercedes is banned the day after it was unveiled
Lewis Hamilton saw the alignment of his tires with his steering wheel change as he drove
Rivals were stunned by the ingenuity of all this, knowing that it would take months to match ‘DAS’ – biaxial steering – because it was given a codename.
Mercedes only expected to get the grace of a season before next year’s regulations change.
It is understood that Mercedes, who has set an incredible pace in testing, will use the new steering wheel on every circuit.
Hamilton will continue to enjoy a significant advantage this season, as the ban will not take effect until 2021
Michael Masi, the FIA race director, pointed to the 2021 regulations that state: “The alignment of the front wheels may only take place through a constant function of a rotational movement of a single steering wheel.”
Mercedes technical director James Allison said: ‘It is an innovative idea that gives drivers an extra dimension of control over the steering system. Why we do it, exactly how it works, and all those things, we prefer to keep it to ourselves. ”
Mercedes finished the first test with enormously the fastest lap time on Friday, while Sebastian Vettel from Ferrari had an engine problem.
Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas set a pace of just three tenths of a second less than the record ever