Red Bull Formula 1 boss Christian Horner is expecting the pre-season controversies – including Mercedes’ DAS system and Racing Point’s Mercedes-inspired design – to reignite at the Austrian Grand Prix.
The two topics were set to be significant flashpoints at the original season-opener in Australia – along with the controversy over Ferrari’s 2019 engine settlement with the FIA – before the unfurling coronavirus pandemic led to the last-minute cancellation of the Melbourne race.
Any protest over the legality of Mercedes’ pioneering steering system or Racing Point’s Mercedes-W10-inspired RP20 car can only be submitted once they have been run at a race event and this would then be adjudicated by the grand prix stewards.
This meant the topics largely took a back seat as F1, the FIA and the teams discussed the urgent rule changes made in recent months to help the championship endure the coronavirus crisis.
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