Mercedes DAS system banned for 2021 regardless of vehicles staying identical

LONDON — Formulation One world champions Mercedes is not going to be allowed to make use of their revolutionary steering system subsequent yr regardless that the vehicles are staying the identical, the governing FIA stated on Tuesday.

The twin-axis steering (DAS) permits a driver to vary the ‘toe angle’ of the entrance wheels by pushing and pulling on the steering wheel, moderately than simply shifting it sideways.


Mercedes have but to race with DAS for the reason that championship is on maintain till not less than the European summer time as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

The system would have been barred underneath a significant overhaul of the technical laws deliberate for 2021 however that has been postponed to 2022 to avoid wasting prices for groups dealing with a lack of income.


The choice to ban it anyway will lower your expenses for rivals who may in any other case have needed to design their very own techniques if it gave Mercedes a aggressive benefit as soon as racing resumes.

The governing physique stated its World Motor Sport Council had additionally confirmed by e-vote adjustments to streamline and velocity up choice making in response to the worldwide unfold of the virus.

Measures included granting a delegation of authority to FIA president Jean Todt and permitting the physique and Formulation One’s business rights holder Liberty Media to vary the calendar with out requiring a vote.


Formulation One plans a diminished 15-18 race season, with two rounds cancelled to this point and 6 extra to be rescheduled.

Extra races look positive to be postponed — with Canada, France, Austria and Britain trying like the subsequent dominoes to tumble — making a fixture headache in a season that might run into January.

Formulation One chairman Chase Carey has already indicated that the revised calendar will look very totally different to what was beforehand revealed.


“Adjustments for the 2020 Sporting Rules have been accepted with the intention to give flexibility to the FIA and Formulation One to react to the disaster and organise a race calendar that finest safeguards the business worth of the championship and accommodates prices as a lot as doable,” the FIA stated.

Sure articles can now even be modified with 60% help of the 10 groups, moderately than the unanimous settlement wanted beforehand.

There may be adjustments to the variety of energy unit parts allowed with out incurring a penalty.


If the championship drops to lower than 14 races, the ability unit allocation is minimize to 2 per driver per season. Fewer than 11 races would enable just one battery and electronics management unit for the season.

The groups are additionally banned from any aerodynamic growth in 2020 for 2022, one other value saving measure.

There may be additionally a provision to increase the present manufacturing unit shutdown “within the occasion that public well being issues or authorities restrictions proceed”.