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Williams to continue KERS work

Williams has revealed that it is continuing work on its KERS system with a view to using the technology during the 2010 season.

The announcement, made by technical director Sam Michael in the run up to this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix, comes despite the Formula One Teams Association announcing back in June that it was keen to scrap the technology on cost-cutting grounds.

Only McLaren and Ferrari have used KERS on a regular basis this season, with Williams amongst the teams not to have utilised the technology at all during the 2009 campaign, but the Grove-based outfit is continuing to work on its system with an eye on it being used on next year's FW32.

That would see the team go up against its fellow FOTA members at a time when it has only just been welcomed back into the fold, having been suspended along with Force India earlier in the year for entering the 2010 season while the dispute with the FIA over the controversial budget cap was ongoing.

“We fully support the use of KERS and always have done,” Michael said. “Given the environmental and sustainability pressures that Formula One is going to face in the future, KERS is a positive step for the sport.

“It's in next year's regulations, so we're continuing developing our system with a view to using it on next year's FW32.”

Williams heads to Singapore this weekend looking to bounce back from a tough weekend in Italy last time out, where both Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima were off the pace and the team failed to score for the first time since Bahrain back in April.

However, with Singapore expected to be better suited to the FW31, Michael said he was hopeful that the team will be back in the top eight as it close the gap to Toyota in the championship standings.

“Singapore sees Formula One return to a maximum downforce street track,” he said. “The FW31 has been good on this type of track already this year, so I hope we'll be back in the points on Sunday.

“We were quite good in terms of consistency [during the European season] and pulled in a lot of points. The only exception was Monza, where the car was uncompetitive, but we expected that because we hadn't put a lot of effort into our low drag aerodynamic configuration. We chose to focus our development on the high downforce tracks that make up 90 per cent of the calendar and that decision cost us last time out, but we didn't lose any ground to our nearest rivals in the championship.”


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DW - Unregistered

September 24, 2009 8:53 PM

@ Munro If Williams cant decide where best to spend their money & waste it on a white elephant KERS company, that's their problem. Brawn, Force India & Red Bull surely all had the same opportunities, but instead spent the money on more important areas & look at their results compared to Williams. Now Williams want all the other teams to keep spending money on KERS just because of their bad business decisions? They rolled the dice & lost ... sorry for them, but serves them right.

AMG - Unregistered

September 24, 2009 1:35 PM

Customer Cars? No Williams does not want it, Three Cars? No williams does not want them, MS test? No williams does not want it. FOTA Series? No williams does not want that. Remove KERS to cut costs? No Williams does not want that. They say F1 is their business, but they don't want to have 3 cars on the grid (or cant afford them). Why don' they sell Williams chassis as customer car? Bet someone would buy them, they are not that bad. Sell road cars as Ferrari and now Mclaren are doing in order to support their F1 business? No Frank just wants to veto just everything that isnt his idea. Whats up with him?



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