Will O'Callaghan
Will O'Callaghan

11.30 4 Jul 2020


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Formula One officials have rejected a protest from Red Bull over the legality of the Mercedes car ahead of this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix.

The objections centred around a device on the steering wheel which allowed the drivers to alter the camber of the tyres with Red Bull claiming it's an aerodynamic aid.

But the stewards say the Mercedes cars are legal to race.

“As a general conclusion, it is very simple to conclude DAS would be illegal IF it were not part of the steering system,” the race stewards’ concluded.

“So the main challenge and debate has to be on whether it can be considered to be part of the steering system. The stewards decide that DAS is a part of the steering system.

"Therefore the Stewards consider DAS to be a legitimate part of the steering system and hence to satisfy the relevant regulations regarding suspension or aerodynamic influence."

 Speaking after practice one this morning, Red Bull chief Christian Horner indicated on Sky Sports Formula One that could now incorporate the technology into their own car:

"It depends what it actually does and achieves, everything has to earn its place on the car. Obviously it's a clever system, it's an ingenious system but obviously these rules are so complex. It's just understanding what part of the regulations it fits."


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