F1 teams to abandon KERS in 2010

2010 F1 season

KERS is legal for 2010 but the teams may not use it

KERS is legal for 2010 but the teams may not use it

All bar one of F1’s 13 teams have agreed not to use KERS in 2010.

This comes after the 2010 F1 rules published by the FIA yesterday indicated they may continue to use the energy recovery technology next year.

Representatives of all 13 teams – the FOTA eight plus the previously suspended Force India and Williams, and the three newcomers Manor, Campos Meta 1 and USF1 – attended a FOTA Technical Working Group meeting in Valencia yesterday. (See here for a list of representatives)

All bar one of the teams are believed to have committed to not running KERS in 2010. The decision will now go to the F1 Commission to be considered.

It is not known which of the teams opposed the decision. Earlier this year Ferrari’s Stefano Domenicali criticised BMW for standing in the way of an agreement that could have prevented KERS being introduced. Although they are set to quit F1 at the end of the year, BMW is understood to have submitted an application for next season in the hope of selling their team, and they are still listed on the FOTA website.

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77 comments on F1 teams to abandon KERS in 2010

  1. BurgerF1 said on 21st August 2009, 6:25

    KERS is not new technology. It’s only new to F1. It was developed for road cars well before it’s introduction to F1 cars. F1 would help it’s development perhaps, but I struggle with F1 being a road car laboratory. We only see the most exotic road sports cars with real F1 tech, and I’m not talking about paddle shifters on a Pontiac Grand Prix. It doesn’t take F1 to engineer a sequequential gear box and make it road worthy. Doubtful it’s even made road cars any better (except for the exotics perhaps). Kind of like painting green stripes around tires to highlight environentalism in F1. Whatever.

    They should concentrate on rule stability and lower costs for the teams, and improving the F1 experience both at the track and on the TV for the fans. I mean, what’s the point of showing the tach on a rev-limited engine? And the KERS display is awful, never mind the complete absence of any indication of when drivers are utilizing their movable front wings. With so little passing it’s still amazing how many are missed by the TV producers trackside.

  2. Bhudi said on 21st August 2009, 6:46

    I’m thinking all or nothing. Either all teams use KERS or none of the teams use it.
    And what about a system that distributes the power back to the engine constantly, from the KERS, rather than this pushing the turbo boost button as such. This way making cars run more efficiantly in genral. This could tie in well with the new no refuling regulations.

  3. Oliver said on 21st August 2009, 7:19

    Williams have always maintained that they are nor part of FOTA hence not bound by any agreements reached within that association.

  4. DGR-F1 said on 21st August 2009, 8:27

    I’m not that bothered about which team won’t be abandoning KERS just yet. I find it more interesting that it is still in the rules as an available option, at a time when Max and his cronies are supposedly demanding cost cutting and fewer personnel on the teams.
    In one sense, the FOTA teams are making a mistake, as the rules are allowing them to continue development of the system, and are allowing for heavier cars too. Now is the time for the engine gurus to spend proper time at their drawing boards and work benches creating the perfect system, and they can spend all next year doing it, if need be.
    In the meantime, it would be interesting to see the KERS and non-KERS cars continue to battle it out – as mentioned earlier, it is very similar to the turbo/non-turbo battles of a previous generation, and each type of engine/car/driver combination has its advantages and disadvantages at different circuits.
    Are we really willing to sit back and watch a parade of identical cars unable to race each other because they have identical engines and identical aerodynamics? Where has the spirit of innovation, adventure and pioneering gone?

  5. Let us just hope that the FIA and FOTA can sort out the rules and regs once and for all so we can get back to what we love best – great F1 racing. Max was the “wonderkid” who insisted on KERS. Some teams took to it, some did not. Let’s have F1 back where it belongs. Great competition, great racing, great drivers. How many of you are fed up with all the controversy? I know I am. There are going to be some cars that are better and more reliable than others. I grew weary of the Schumacher/Ferrari days. We are at least getting more competition with the drivers showing their skills and the teams backing them. I tend to agree with DGR-F1 let’s have the innovation and competitive attitude back. I does get boring watching a race when the cars are just a steady stream of identical cars driving around the track. As for KERS, McLaren seem to be doing rather better now than at the beginning of the season but was all the monetary input worth it? I love F1 and of course I do have my preferred Team and driver but I really do not relish going back to the old Schumacher/Ferrari days. These drivers are skilled and at their peak so here is to 2010 where there is flexibility, safety and enjoyment of what is the best sport in the world. As for the refuelling issue – time will tell.

  6. Williams and controversy. Fitting together almost as well as McLaren fans and a persecution complex. ;)

  7. sunny stivala said on 29th August 2009, 9:31

    Keith Collantine do you honestly don’t know who is the team that voted against the use of KERS next year?

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