ROME – The steering wheel of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes moves forward and backward. A surprise, destined to make noise and rekindle the controversy over the technological advantages of a single-seater that would exploit an external help independent of the driver.
The whole world noticed it today at Montmelò, where F1 tests are scheduled. In the morning session, the onboard cameras on the Mercedes W11 of Hamilton revealed that the steering wheel of the single-seater driven by the British driver moved forward (accelerating) and backward (braking), as soon as the 'Marker' message appears 'on the display.
The abnormal steering movement of the W11 occurs on the straight with the simultaneous change of convergence of the front wheels. The most disparate interpretations and hypotheses began to circulate in the pits.
The most popular is that the movement allows to open and close the convergence of the tires, thus wearing out the tires less. Obviously, the irregularity or otherwise of the new steering wheel also keeps the bench.
For the moment the FIA, after the first investigations, has defined the system according to the norm, while it has reserved further investigations regarding safety. However, the regulations seem to prohibit corrections of this type with the car moving.
Article 10.2.3 states that “any adjustment of the suspension system can only be made with the car stationary. It is not possible to make any adjustment on any suspension system while the car is in motion ”.
While article 10.2.2 states that: "Any powered device capable of altering the configuration or affecting the performance of any part of any suspension system is prohibited". In short, a reckless maneuver not attributable to the pilot's ability? (sources Ansa, Gazzetta dello Sport)
Source: Blitz Quotidiano