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Haug has KERS doubts

Haug has KERS doubts
Tue 09 Dec, 04:56 PM

Amid Honda's shock exit and the perceived need to cut costs, F1 should call off the introduction of Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) next year.

That is the view of Norbert Haug, motor racing chief of the German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz.

Given Honda's departure due to the global slump in road car sales, Haug told the Swiss publication Motorsport Aktuell 'the time for games is over' as F1 seeks to slash out of control expenditure.

Numerous teams have recently tried to postpone the planned introduction next year of KERS, but outfits like BMW Sauber are in favour of the energy-recovery technology.

Haug said KERS "is an extremely expensive exercise" and said the saving to the engine budgets by scrapping it would be at least 25 percent.

He explained that the KERS concept should not be sidelined entirely, but in the current financial climate the prudent action would be to put it aside and "think about it later."

KERS is not mandatory for the 2009 season and is being pushed forward by FIA President Max Mosley as he seeks to make the series more relevant to future road car technology.
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