Word is now coming out that the teams met over the Singapore GP weekend and voted to not use KERS in 2010. If you recall, this is the second such vote taken this season as FOTA voted to not use KERS in 2010 earlier this year.
We were all wondering what would become of the system, but it was given new hope in the form of the finally released technical regulations for next year, which increased the weight minimum from 605kg to 620kg. This move was initially made so that KERS could be implemented without going over the weight limit.
Now that the teams have voted not to use KERS in 2010, the only thing that will add weight to the car will be the expanded fuel tank. But clearly, that won’t eat up 15kg. Will we see teams like Ferrari and McLaren running 15kg of ballast? How green is that?
Clearly, Max Mosley will have a comment about this in the next few days. This has been Max’s pet project, but it has roundly been criticized by everybody involved. Main points of contention are:
-There is nothing ‘green’ about KERS since you have to throw away the batteries after use
-KERS is not a road relevant technology
-It has not increased the excitement of racing, since KERS is mostly used by a heavier KERS equipped car to stay in front of a lighter non-KERS car.
If you recall, Max picked a winner in this development battle before the season started, stating that Williams’ flywheel system was the best way to go. At present, Williams has yet to deploy their KERS iteration for a race, while the chemical storage systems that Max eschewed have been used fairly effectively by Ferrari and McLaren.
The door is not closed for KERS use beyond 2010, but the teams have elected to forgo that development for next season. This may be very helpful for the new F1 teams as they will not have to bankroll the development and testing of KERS on their fledgling new car designs. And now they have 15kg of additional wiggle room when it comes to value engineering their cars.
Open Paddock would like to thank the F1 teams for renewing their stance against the use of KERS. As fans of the sport, we prefer our racing without such gimmicks. Now if the teams could vote out that ridiculous option tire rule…..