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Andreas Seidl: "No doubt" about the legality of Mercedes' DAS system
© LAT Zak Brown and Andreas Seidl: McLaren has no doubts about the Mercedes-DAS "There is something new that should be prohibited." The Formula 1 teams sometimes seem to work according to this motto. Every major innovation is first put to the test by asking a racing team at the FIA. This also applies to the two-axis steering (DAS) , which Mercedes presented in the winter tests.
The Silver Arrow turns black: With a new livery, the Formula 1 world champion team Mercedes wants to send a clear signal in the fight against racism and discrimination.
The racing team published the first photos of the new car, which will be used this weekend at the late start of the season in Spielberg, Austria. World champion Lewis Hamilton and vice champion Valtteri Bottas will hunt for the first success after the Corona mandatory break in the almost completely black car with some color accents.
Formula 1 technology: Mercedes' rear wing development
An analysis of the rear wing development at Mercedes shows: Some ideas were already there in previous seasons, and with other Formula 1 teams! © Giorgio Piola A rear wing variant, such as that Mercedes tested before the 2020 season. And even industry leader Mercedes is not afraid to seek inspiration from competing teams. The latest technical analysis by Giorgio Piola and Matthew Somerfield even shows that Mercedes has always used other racing stables for the rear wing.
"The Silver Arrows will appear in black throughout the 2020 season to demonstrate our clear commitment to more diversity in our team and our sport," said Motorsport Director Toto Wolff in a message. Racism and discrimination "have no place in our society, our sport and our team", emphasized the Austrian: "The right convictions and the right mindset are not enough if we remain silent. We would therefore like to use our voice and our worldwide platform to campaign for respect and equality. »
Mercedes also wants to actively participate in the fight against discrimination and is therefore launching a diversity and integrity program by the end of the season. This includes educational initiatives to encourage and support young people from underrepresented groups who are looking for a career in Formula 1. "We want to build a legacy together that goes beyond sport," said Hamilton.
The Brit is the only black driver in Formula 1 and has already faced racism. Most recently, the 35-year-old participated several times in the fight against the grievances.
Red Bull protests - Mercedes DAS system illegal? .
© xpb As soon as Formula 1 started in Spielberg, there is already the first open dispute. As previously announced, those responsible for Red Bull have filed an official protest with the FIA because they believe that the "Dual Axis Steering" (DAS) from Mercedes does not comply with the regulations. The active toe adjustment, which is operated by the Mercedes drivers by pulling out or pushing the steering wheel, violates Articles 3.8 and 10.2.3 of the Formula 1 technical regulations.