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GP Week : Issue 17
Formula 1 is actually about developing efficiency and therefore just because our cars are noisy they’re not necessarily as un-green as people might assume – Martin Whitmarsh F1 INSIGHT >> in that the diversity of technical solution will be greater than we’ve seen in Formula 1 for a decade or two. I think its pitched about right in that I suspect there will be a team or two who makes a success of KERS next year and I suspect there will be a team or two or more that don’t have KERS next year, but that the level of energy and time release is such that the differential is in the order of 0.3sec of lap time.” Red Bull Racing’s Technical Director Geoff Willis agrees. “Power electronics and electrical machines are new areas for us to investigate, so are interesting, but safety is also important for us. We have to make sure that we have proper ways to deal with these high voltage systems. The area of battery technology is developing very quickly, so not only is there a lot to learn, but we have to stay in touch. “I believe that the best lap time will be achieved by spreading the systems use out around a lap rather than using it for a single time on each lap. However, the weight of batteries and their compromise on the Centre of Gravity location creates a large 27