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GP Week : Issue 49
> F1NEWS> No KERS in 2010? FOTA teams have voted to call for the banning of KERS in Formula 1 next season, after its use in the sport has come under increasingly low use. Even BMW, the only FOTA member believed not to have called for the technology to be banned having supported its use for so long, failed to use KERS in Turkey, meaning that only Ferrari and McLaren ran the units at last weekend’s Grand Prix. However it remains unsure whether KERS is even on the cards for next year’s Formula 1 World Championship. Although the FIA was keen to see it introduced across the board next season, GPWeek understands that the 2010 regulations do not feature its compulsory use. With the FIA and FOTA still locked in a stalemate regarding next year’s entry to Formula 1, it may be that such demands will only serve to anger the sport’s governing body further. However, if the teams split from F1 and set up their own championship, it is unlikely that KERS would be used within it. Donington back on track THE future of the British Grand Prix has taken a further step towards safety as the legal proceedings against the circuit leaseholders of Donington Park, Donington Ventures Leisure Ltd, by the track’s owner Tom Wheatcroft over unpaid rent have been settled out of court. The £2.5 million lawsuit had threatened to derail plans to redevelop the circuit in time for the 2010 British Grand 10 Prix, which is due to be held at Donington Park. “We are pleased that significant progress has been made in recent weeks and I am delighted that we have now reached an amicable agreement. We have always shared and supported the vision of ensuring that Formula 1 returns to Donington Park and are hopeful that, with the settlement achieved, that vision will be turned into reality.” DVLL Chief Executive, Simon Gillett was also delighted with the outcome. “This is another positive boost for Donington Park,” he said. “We were always aware that saving the future of the British Grand Prix was an enormous task but it is one that we are fully committed to and will make happen. So far, all of our efforts have been achieved in the face of adversity and it’s reassuring to know that the Wheatcroft family shares our vision and passion for British motorsport.” The circuit also regained its FIM license in the week following the successful completion of building works at the track. However, with global economics in meltdown there is still a lingering doubt that the money can be found in time to upgrade the circuit for F1’s arrival in 2010.