Mark Webber, Red Bull, Sepang, 2011

Red Bull to decide on using KERS in Malaysia

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Red Bull’s Christian Horner says the team will decide whether to use KERS in Malaysia after Friday practice.

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Christian Horner: “In Australia we ran the system on the Friday. We felt that there was a potential reliability risk and the benefit of KERS in Australia is arguably less than [at] other venues, so we decided not to take that risk and remove the system from both cars on Friday evening, with a view to running the system here again, which we?ve done today. The system has run well and obviously reliably, so a decision will be made on it no doubt later this evening. ”

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Icthyes on the strange and seemingly arbitrary reasoning behind the 107% rule:

The best thing about it is that for the race there?s effectively a 111% rule ?ǣ i.e. if you don?t finish 90% of the leader?s laps before the race is over you?re not classified.

So inherent in the rules is the notion that you can be fast enough to race but not to qualify! Given that the difference in qualifying pace is nearly always smaller in the race it seems especially ridiculous.
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