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KERS an advantage, admits Kubica.


Robert Kubica has admitted that not currently being able to make use of Formula One's latest technological introduction will put him at a disadvantage if he gets beyond the first lap of a 'normal' grand prix.

Speaking to the BMW Sauber team's official website after retiring one lap into the rain-hit Malaysian Grand Prix, the Pole admitted that he expected problems with those cars running the new-for-2009 Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems - or KERS for short - after observing it in action at the opening round of the year in Australia.

Although BMW Sauber is potentially the most advanced team in terms of KERS technology, Kubica is currently unable to make use of it because of his height and weight, which makes packaging the heavy technology impractical if he is to be competitive. As one of the taller drivers on the grid, his size would likely outweigh any benefits of the extra 80hp boost that the KERS technology provides, leaving the Canadian GP winner to look on as diminutive team-mate Nick Heidfeld experiments with the system.

"I think KERS is advantageous in race situations like overtaking and defending your position - and defnitely for the start," Kubica, who suffered an engine fire at Sepang, lamented.

"The distance from the start line to the first corner made for bigger gains for KERS cars at the start in Malaysia, but you could already see in Melbourne that KERS does make a difference. If you take the situation between Fernando Alonso and Timo Glock, Fernando was much slower, but he was boosting on every straight and Timo just didn't have the opportunity to pass.


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Alan D - Unregistered

April 08, 2009 11:44 AM

I think I heard Martin Brundle saying that the particular problem for Kubica is that he is so tall that they already have a problem fitting him in the car and so less options to shift around the ballast to get the balance right, so KERS just compounds the problems. I've also wondered about this 7 seconds per lap limit. Is that limit imposed by the battery or is it the FIA regulations that say you can only use it for a maximum of 7 seconds per lap? If its the latter that seems silly. Ultimately all the power comes from the engine, so if someone can devise a bigger battery and get, say, 20 secs per lap of boost then surely that's in keeping with the "green" ideals and good engineering.

Fernando Alfonso - Unregistered

April 09, 2009 7:23 PM

Right now the benefits of having KERS vs not having them is about 50/50. That's why Kubica and Vettel can compete with the KERS' cars. Keep in mind that BMW and RB don't have the diffuser yet. Danica is about 30 lb lighter than the next driver. I think she's pretty, but is a mediocare driver. She is driving in one of the better cars and still not able to take advantage of the weight advantage. Not saying that there will not be a women who will whip the guys but she is not the "chosen one".



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