Mercedes set to use DAS wheel at Australian GP, says Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes set to use DAS wheel at Australian GP, says Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes set to use DAS wheel at Australian GP, says Valtteri Bottas

The young Dutchman made the podium nine times past year, winning three grands prix, to end the 2019 season behind only world champion Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.

But asked if the FIA-Ferrari controversy had ensured the "gloves were off" when he takes on four-time world champion Vettel this year, Hamilton played down their rivalry. I don't really know where they stand between them, but I think Red Bull are particularly strong.

"What goes on in the background between teams and the government body is a separate issue".

"But I don't want to add too much to it because it will cause too much trouble".

Asked whether he was anxious about the prospect of a protest from a rival over the legality of the DAS system, Bottas replied philosophically: "For now, we'll have to wait for what happens".

"With engine issues, we've looked into those and have done everything we can to make sure we can run as much power as we can with good reliability".

Hamilton still managed to niggle Vettel by claiming Red Bull - spearheaded by young gun Max Verstappen - were his main rivals for 2020.

"He knew how to give me good words and gave me directions, where to go, and definitely, yeah, among a lot of people he was also a good teacher in all those paths". "And I think this is why he has such a successful life everywhere". Like I stated previously, we would certainly more than happy to run it, yet it is up to the group to generate [the] feasible danger of it being removed.

"Because you need to refocus on the things - so you could've gone to the Fan Zone, whatever, and then you come back to your engineering debrief, you only have 10 minutes to speak with your engineers, but you took three [minutes] to refocus".

Put to him that groups could release an objection if it is made use of, Bottas responded: "We have to wait what takes place".

But the Finn disclosed they will certainly examine the "danger" of running it amidst conjecture that opponents might try to objection versus the gadget throughout the race weekend break.

The Briton, who is bidding to equal Michael Schumacher's record seven world titles, has been the dominant force in recent times, winning five of the last six drivers' championships.

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