KERS To Be Dropped Next Season By All

The Formula One TimesCorrespondent IJune 7, 2009

BARCELONA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 18:   Team BMW Sauber car displays a warning sign for high voltage due to the new KERS energy system that will be on the cars next season during day two of Formula One Testing at the Circuit de Catalunya on November 18, 2008 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

FOTA have agreed to drop the Kinetic Energy Recovery System which was introduced in 2009. Seen as a boost not only to the cars power, but to the green credentials of Formula One, the system has been plagued with problems which has seen BMW and Renault drop it, and Ferrari discard it on several occasions.

The only team to successfully use the system is McLaren, who have worked with Mercedes to develop a fantastic system with bullet-proof reliability.

Although some could complain the system has lead to the McLaren car being overweight, leaving no room for performance positioned ballast.

FOTA came to the decision to drop it because of its poor uptake within F1, including pressure from the FIA, to cut costs.

Domenicali, Ferrari principal said it was a "logical decision" in an interview with the BBC pundit Eddie Jordan.

"That is our position jointly," he said. "Of course we are the ones that are using it now with McLaren.

"We have invested a lot of money in it and it's difficult for the public to understand how there are cars with Kers and cars with no Kers.

"I think in the view of helping new teams to get into F1, and in order to save money, that is a logical decision—even if we have invested a lot of money in that project."

McLaren have agreed to drop the system as of next year, even though it has been quite successful. Team boss Martin Whitmarsh is a fan of the system and added: "F1 has to demonstrate it has some green credentials, but, at the same time, in this economic climate everybody is looking to save costs."

"It has been a huge effort talking about new entrants and making sure these smaller teams stay in F1."

"McLaren's position is we would like to see Kers retained—but we also accept that we have to be responsible members of the F1 community and if the majority don't want to have Kers, or can't afford Kers at the moment, then we have to be realistic."

Source: The F1 Times