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Theissen slams KERS critics.


Mario Theissen has joined Max Mosley in criticising Formula 1 team colleagues who have spoken out against the decision to employ the Kinetic Energy Recovery System for 2009.

A number of teams have expressed concern that they will be unable to get the complicated KERS system ready in time, while others have questioned its relevance in the use of road cars.

Ferrari's Luca di Montezemelo has been a particularly vocal critic of the new regulations, but BMW Sauber F1 team manager Theissen has hit back, criticising them for not wanting to look at the 'bigger picture'.

"That argument not only speaks of a lack of competitiveness but also a reluctance to play a role in the bigger picture," Theissen told the German Spiegel magazine.

It has recently been made apparent that BMW were the team that vetoed a decision to delay the use of KERS, despite making headlines earlier this year when an early version of the system electrocuted a member of the team when the car came into the pit lane.


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Calvin _

December 30, 2008 11:12 AM

Probably because BMW have got it to work quite well whereas Ferrari and others haven''t. Obviously, BMW will want to use it if they think it gives them an advantage. Looks like KERS will stay, so the other teams had better pull their fingers out.

the big ginge - Unregistered

December 30, 2008 1:27 PM

the competition in developing the KERS system is what will drive on the development of such recovery systems, and will eventually filter down to road car use. The idea of standardisation is to reduce the expenditure of a unit which has been all but maximised (and doesn't add to the "show"), ie the ECU system. By introducing KERS, to facilitate development, then making it a standard fit unit, it defeats the purpose entirely.



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