DAS: Mercedes Calling Hamilton’s Tyre Bluff?

Mercedes using DAS in the F1 2020 campaign on Lewis Hamilton's racing car
DAS could be Mercedes’ way of throwing a new challenge at Lewis Hamilton in F1 2020 – find a fault other than the tyres. Racing Point’s belief that they’re faster than Ferrari. Esteban Ocon’s belief that he knows Mercedes’ secrets and more.

The DAS (or the dual-axis steering) is like The Matrix! It’s everywhere you go on the Internet. Have Mercedes built the DAS to challenge Lewis Hamilton into finding other faults than the tyres? Well, the use-cases and benefits of the DAS are yet to be ascertained so join us as we join the DAS bandwagon in this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast.

Also in this episode – we reveal Ferrari’s ever-predictable pre-season testing strategy. Forget Ted’s Notebook, it was Charles Leclerc’s notebook that interested us more. Is Esteban Ocon trying to over-impress the Renault bosses? Can Renault keep their all-black livery, please? Alpha Romeo and Alfa Tauri – are you mixing them up, too? 😉 Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 06)

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Here’s what’s in store for you in this episode:

0:00-3:00 – Biggest off-season topic of discussion? Ferrari need Toto Wolff more than Lewis Hamilton

3:00-6:00 – Lewis Hamilton to trigger a TIKTOK revolution in Formula 1?

6:00-9:00 – DAS or the dual-axis steering system is like The Matrix. It’s everywhere. And it’s on our podcast, too. Believe it or not, the best insights on the DAS were from Sebastian Vettel

9:00-12:00 – We discuss some of the use-cases of the DAS – will Mercedes use it selectively in the 2020 Formula 1 season? But could the DAS also be Mercedes’ decoy to derail other teams?

12:00-15:00 – Ferrari’s predictable – on both sides of the performance spectrum. We reveal their testing strategy while everyone waits for their performance runs. Also, what’s Vettel calling the SF1000?

15:00-18:00 – Red Bull coming to the ‘party’ with Honda would be a dream date for 2020. As for Mclaren, we missed Norris-Sainz’s antics. Can Renault keep their all-black livery, please?

18:00-21:00 – Esteban Ocon’s over-impressing of the Renault’s bosses. Racing Point’s dreams of beating Ferrari. Are you already confused between Alpha Tauri and Alfa Romeo?

21:00-23:00 – We tell you why Williams probably have the most-beautiful looking Formula 1 car in 2020.

23:00-end – George Russell reveals the reason why Kunal quit pursuing his career as a professional racer!

Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

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