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KERS set for early return?

Renault and Ferrari offer a way for KERS to be brought back into F1 for the 2011 season
The KERS system could make a return to the F1 grid for the 2011 season after it was revealed that work is ongoing on cheaper and more powerful versions of the energy recovery system.

KERS was introduced into the sport last season but teams agreed to shelve the technology this year due to the costs involved.

However, Williams F1 technical director Sam Michael has now revealed that both Renault and Ferrari have offered to supply KERS at an affordable level with teams now left to decide on whether or not to bring the technology back.

“Basically, Ferrari and Renault put forward proposals that they could do KERS for less than a million euros,” he told Reuters following a meeting of the Formula One Teams' Association. "Those have been accepted but what Ferrari and Renault are both saying is that unless we increase the energy level from the current 400 kilojoules up to 600 or 800, to make KERS more beneficial, they are not prepared at this stage to commit that they will actually do KERS.

"I think that by Barcelona, the FOTA executive is due to try and make a decision on KERS for 2011. It's all pretty split at the moment on that. Renault will supply anyone who asks for it on the grid and Ferrari will supply any of their customers, anyone who is running a Ferrari engine."

Should KERS be reintroduced, Williams would more than likely develop its own system after increasing its stake in Williams Hybrid Power from 40 to 78 per cent.


Tagged as: Ferrari , Williams , FOTA , Renault , Sam Michael , KERS

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Alan D - Unregistered

April 29, 2010 10:26 AM

It seems strange that it is Ferrari and Renault offering a KERS unit when it was only Mclaren who really managed to get the thing working. Regardless of that, I see no point in having a standard KERS module to be fitted to every car. They need to be looking at ways to allow innovation and have cars with different characteristics, not making them all more and more the same. Some people think having identical cars would really find out who the best driver is, in which case they should be watching a different series. F1 is primarily about people building great cars that capture the public imagination and that drivers want to drive.

107SS2009

April 29, 2010 4:50 PM

F1 needs to take a step back and think where it should be going, fully agree with CDF on this one. The FIA should not contaminate the formula one series any more then it is already contaminated, costs cuts/budgets, green/environment or what not, KERS, push to pass buttons, mix of engine types are just not compatible with the spirit or the meaning of F1. What always was and is compatible with the spirit of FI was/is an engine mandated size (normally aspirated four strokes) and the fuel used and good luck to whoever can cram the biggest number of cylinders into that mandated size. And who ever cannot stand the F1 kitchen heat should get out and away from the heat, also if the FIA cannot make up the numbers to run the series it should fall on a less expensive/affordable series like it was done before, it will be better to watch then a false FI.



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