Ferrari says it opted against pursuing a Dual-Axis Steering system in Formula 1, conceding that it was uncertain of its legality.
Mercedes introduced a system onto its W11 last week in which the steering wheel moved back and forth along the straights, affecting the toe of the front tyres.
Mercedes clarified that it had conferred with the FIA to ensure the device was legal while rival drivers and teams predominantly applauded the team’s innovative approach.
Speaking about DAS on Wednesday, Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto revealed that “the DAS system is something we considered in the past but we didn’t design and develop.
“The reason of it first was a legality matter, which we didn’t clarify with the FIA.
“Second we didn’t see it worthwhile for our car concept. We are looking at the others doing, it’s a question mark and not sure we will develop it.”
When questioned as to whether he felt DAS complied with the Formula 1 technical regulations, a coy Binotto commented that “I think it is difficult for us to judge.
“We don’t know exactly their system but I’m pretty sure the FIA will make the right decision.”