Bottas expects DAS to be available in Melbourne

Jamie Woodhouse
Mika Hakkinen has a "very high expectation" for Valtteri Bottas to win the title in 2020.

Mika Hakkinen has a "very high expectation" for Valtteri Bottas to win the title in 2020.

Valtteri Bottas says he sees “no reason why not to” use Mercedes’ dual-axis steering system at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

The Silver Arrows caused quite the commotion on day two of pre-season testing when they were spotted using the device which gives Lewis Hamilton and Bottas the ability to push and pull their steering wheel to control whether the tyres on the W11 are toed in or out as they navigate through straights and corners.

It seemed as testing went on though that the device was used less frequently, but Bottas is happy with the data collected on it and also the feel he got for using the device.

“Definitely run by run we were learning more about it,” he is quoted by Autosport.

“With the test, the engineers have more time to learn from the data and more of the guidelines for us as the drivers, how to best use it.

“What kind of situations it can bring the advantage, how big an advantage it will give us, and at which tracks is a bit of a question mark.

“We’re happy to have it on the car, and now it all goes pretty smoothly and starts to feel like everything goes pretty automatically without too much thinking about it, and we’re using it what we think is the best.”

Asked if DAS would be used at the first race in Australia, Bottas claimed there is “no reason why not to”.

His team-mate Hamilton doesn’t appear to be too enthusiastic about DAS, admitting that he didn’t use it much during testing.

“At the moment I don’t really use it a lot,” said the six-time World Champion.

“Sometimes you practice with it, sometimes you practice without it.

“I don’t know how much we will be using it.”

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