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Cosworth says Virgin and Hispania won't use KERS for the 2011 F1 season

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December 21, 2010 8:26 PM

Enchanter, no they will use battery KERS.

"Williams co-owner Patrick Head has confirmed that the team has opted for the battery version in 2011, because it is easier to package now F1 cars must carry larger fuel cells than they did two years ago.

The flywheel, by the very nature of what it is, has a cylinder of a certain diameter. The weight is actually lighter than a battery for equivalent power and energy storage. But the batteries, because they're made up of lots of little cells, we can make it large and flat, we can make it small and tall. We can put it into any shape"

Ben M - Unregistered

December 23, 2010 1:06 PM

It might not be as big an issue as it looks after all. In 2009 most teams struggled to get KERS working properly and the extra weight actually it a disadvantage at times. By the end of '09 only a couple of teams were still using it, and in 2010 KERS was actually still legal, but no team decided to bother with it. Unless there's a major technological breakthrough over the winter it probably won't make a huge difference.

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