So after watching quali and watching/reading some driver interiews it seems neither red bull drivers were using KERS for their fastest Q3 lap. Both Webber and Vettel said this, but didn’t seem to suggest it was broken. Did they just choose not to press the button? Any ideas why they may have done this?
Hamilton had a Kers failure on his fast lap. As for Red Bull, they appear to have developed a unique twist on kers. It is believed that their solution contains no actual way of recovering kinetic energy, hence the lack of use in qualifying. However, the rules state that the KERS is allowed to be pre-charged before the start of the race. All of this means that Red Bull have developed a system that can only be used once, at the start.
I think it was just a set-up choice, Albert Park has a few straights but it’s not known for being a top-speed circuit, maybe Red Bull switched theirs off and found better time with a more stable brake balance? I’m not sure about the mini-KERS yet though, for one it would have to charge energy, though maybe minuscule amounts to make it barely legal, it sounds like something Red Bull would do, but apparently they’ve used KERS in practice so I’m not convinced it exists,