F1 » Ecclestone: 'Kinetic energy thing' caused Williams fire

Bernie Ecclestone attacks KERS again... blames fire on it.

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Nigs - Unregistered

May 30, 2012 8:12 PM

Wow!!! One of the few times I'm in agreement with Bernie. KERS has nothing to do with being green. And along with DRS it is just another artificial hindrance to the racing. There are a million and one other things that can be done 'off-track' to keep the shrub-huggers happy.

Josh - Unregistered

May 31, 2012 3:12 AM

I don't really understand who the FIA are trying to fool with KERS. Surely producing and disposing of hundreds of batteries each year is far more harmful to the Earth than not having them to begin with.


May 31, 2012 3:41 AM

If they were serious about conserving non-renewable resources they would look at limiting the number of transporters used to carry the cars parts and probably most importantly (to the sponsors) the hospitality suites. Mercedes currently uses 22 for example. It's hard to take KERS seriously as an attempt to be "green" when huge amounts of resources are used to giver the elite the fine dining and comfort they require while totally ignoring the carbon footprint it creates. Dump KERS and give up any pretense to environmental issues, it's obvious the wealthy don't give a damn as long as they have their perks.

Ptolomy - Unregistered

May 31, 2012 4:47 AM

Bernie is right on this one. KERS is rubbish. And F1 is about internal combustion engine racing at the pinnacle. Can anyone explain to me why on earth we are trying to pretend that F1 can be green? It is the ONE thing that should be excluded and exempt from ANY "green" technology. Thats the idea. Leave these 20 or 24 cars alone. Let us revel in what the sport was originally about. I mean they've already taken away the most interesting aspect of F1, engine development, so why put up with this BS? There are other formulae for electric vehicles, no? I'm all for an electric vehicle race. In fact I'm not at all opposed to "green" tech. Indeed, a true electric vehicle "F1" could be as interesting as F1.
But please, leave OUR F1 alone and let it be what it was meant to be!

VC - Unregistered

May 31, 2012 5:34 AM

Bernie is an old man who niether understands modern technology nor the future of the car industry.
I'd eventually could see all electric cars racing becoming popular. They could replace the batteries at the same time as their tire changes.

Baba duku - Unregistered

May 31, 2012 5:40 AM

First of all an ultra cap would be a better choice than a battery. Which is reusable a million times.
Secondly there is such a thing as recycling batteries. So forget thee landfill pollution, that was in the past.
I do agree that the motor homes need to be run on renewable energy to match the green initiatives of the cars they race.
Any ways hernie has a point but in few years there will be full electric races. And thiskers it's just the taste of whats to come.

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