In a year where the rules didn't change, Mercedes surprised everyone by pulling out one of the trickiest F1 innovations we've seen in a long time: dual-axis steering. Not everyone was surprised by the move, though: according to team principal Mattia Binotto, Scuderia Ferrari flirted with the idea in the past.
"The DAS system is something we considered in the past, but we didn't design and develop," he said in a press conference, according to Motorsport.com. "The reason why is the legality matter, which we didn't clarify with the FIA at the time."
But it wasn't just that. Binotto went on to say that Ferrari didn't think the idea was worth pursuing. At least for Ferrari's car, Binotto says the advantage isn't yet clear. That's surprising, considering how may potential upsides the adjustable toe system provides. As Road & Track broke down in our explainer, a properly used DAS system could allow higher cornering speeds without the drag and tire wear penalty traditionally associated with increased toe in.
But having seen the system in action on the Mercedes, Binotto still seems unsure of whether it fits with Ferrari's current car strategy. He didn't rule out developing it for later in the season, but said the team was unsure about whether to implement it. The team will have to act quickly if they want to, though, since the system is already banned for 2021.
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