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FOTA votes to mothball KERS

FOTA votes to mothball KERS

Monday, 08 June 2009 17:56

The Formula One Teams’ Association has agreed not to use Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems next year, after a majority of the organisation’s members voted to scrap them.

The devices – which store energy dissipated under braking and redeploy it under acceleration to give drivers an 80bhp power boost for 6.7s per lap – were introduced in Formula 1 this season on an optional basis to burnish the sport’s green credentials.

But there has been a limited take-up of the heavy systems, with the number of teams using them dwindling rather than rising as the season has progressed.

In Turkey last weekend Ferrari and McLaren were the only teams to run KERS, and none of the top three teams in the constructors’ championship standings (Brawn, Red Bull and Toyota) has used it in the seven races held to date.

FOTA has now decided to abandon the technology for 2010 on the grounds that it is too expensive.

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali said it made sense to scrap KERS given that so few teams were using it.

“That was a discussion that we had in FOTA,” said Domenicali.

“We are thinking about cost-saving for the other teams.

“We are the only ones together with McLaren who is now using our KERS.

“We invested a lot, but it is difficult for the supporters to understand why there are some cars with KERS and some cars with no KERS.

“So, if you have a totally logical approach, if we are all together, fine [keep KERS], if not it is better not to have it.”

While McLaren’s KERS is widely regarded as a success, and BMW continues to extol the virtues of the technology, all FOTA members have agreed to abide by the majority verdict.

Although KERS is permitted under the 2010 regulations, it is not mandated and FOTA’s decision makes it unlikely that any team will use the technology.

New teams not bound by FOTA covenants would in theory be free to develop it but the cost is likely to be prohibitive.
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