Bottas: I’m sure we’ll be DAS-ing some of the straights

Mercedes will make use of its dual-axis steering system in Melbourne even under the looming threat of protest, says Valtteri Bottas.

The system, which Red Bull’s Helmut Marko has suggested his team will protest should it be on the Mercedes W11 this weekend in Melbourne, remains firmly in place according to the Finn.

“I’m sure we’ll be DAS-ing some of the straights,” he told reporters on Thursday. ” It depends which kind of laps, and which sessions, and so on. But we’re still happy to have it in the car. We hope it can give an advantage, but again, we will see.”

Asked whether he was worried about a potential protest, Bottas responded that it would be “no big problem” if the team was forced to remove it from the car.

“Well, I’m sure we will have to wait for what happens, but like I said earlier we would we would be happy to run it, but it is up to the team to calculate the possible risk of it being taken away.

“In short, yes, we would like to keep it, but if there’s a big risk we don’t, there is no big problem then.”

As to the question of when the team is likely to use it, Bottas indicated that there are no concrete plans as of yet.

“That is something we would need to see in practice. Most likely yes, we’ll use it in qualifying. But we need to see.”