Williams technical director Sam Michael has dismissed suggestions that the Grove team is preparing to push ahead with its KERS system for 2010 in the face of general acceptance that the technology should be ignored next season.
When the question of unity among FOTA teams possibly being split by Williams' apparent determination to chase the 'power boost' option, Michael retorted that there had been no decision to fly in opposition to the consensus.
"There's one thing to be clear on," the Australian insisted, "Williams have always said that we supported KERS, the concept of it, the ability to help F1 with sustainability and the environment. We haven't stopped the development of KERS and we never did do that, just like the other teams didn't. But I think, at the moment, we are discussing with FOTA the potential for an agreement not
to run KERS next year. We are in the middle of that, in terms of days, so it would be wrong for us to come out and say that we are going to race KERS next year.
"In fact, we never said that. In any statements, if you read carefully, what we said was... at no point did we say we were going to race KERS, we just said we would continue developing it. I think, if you ask most of the people who have KERS, they're doing the same thing.
"So it's quite different to say that we're going against the grain of FOTA. We are in FOTA, we've only had one meeting in FOTA since we rejoined, so that is in the middle of process at the moment. I think it's wrong to say that Williams are going against the grain of FOTA, especially at this time when we are talking to FOTA about exactly this point."
Michael later agreed with other team representatives that F1 needed to work in harmony with the environment, particularly when taking decision on the future direction of grand prix technology.
"Obviously, we're not an engine manufacturer, but we do silly things with the engine manufacturers that we work with that trade off to road cars," he accepted, "As Norbert [Haug] said, there are very different objectives for road car development as opposed to F1. One example is to look at diesel technology - that was all the rage five or six years ago and swamped road cars - but it's not necessarily the right thing for F1. There are lots of examples like that."
Mercedes' Haug revealed that future F1 engine plans could take the sport in a new direction, but was quick to pay tribute to the advances that had been made with the current breed of technology.
"I think there are really very good plans for the new engine formula, but it takes time, obviously, and that's why we currently have this engine freeze," he reasoned, "But the next engine generation will certainly be very different.