The F1 W11, a season dominating car, brought the joint-record seventh World Drivers’ Championship title to Lewis Hamilton. The car was designed and constructed by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team under the direction of James Allison, John Owen, Mike Elliott, Loïc Serra, Ashley Way and Jarrod Murphy. Powered by 1.6 L 90° V6 turbocharged Mercedes engine and used the help of DAS system, the W11 was the fastest car of the year. The most distinctive and most controversial technical feature of the car was Dual Axis Steering (DAS) which allowed the driver to adjust the toe of the front wheels to optimise mechanical grip by pulling or pushing on the steering wheel. This allowed the drivers to warm the car’s tyres more efficiently by having a zero toe but allows for better cornering ability by using a positive toe. After pre-season testing the traditional silver livery of the car was changed to black following worldwide support for the Black Lives Matter movement, especially supported, sometimes overly exalted, by Hamilton. However despite his political distractions and COVID-19 which forced him to skip the Sakhir Grand Prix, penultimate round of the championship, Lewis easily won the Championship completely outperforming his teammate Valtteri Bottas and his main rival Max Verstappen in Red Bull.
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