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GP Week : Issue 51
BMW drops KERS for good > F1NEWS> BMW, the team upon whose insistence KERS remained on the 2009 regulations, has announced it is to drop the technology from its cars for the remainder of the season. “We evaluated different alleys, proceeding with KERS or proceeding on the aero side and what could we do with no KERS on board,”said Mario Thiessen at Silverstone. “We had made some significant progress on the aero side which does not allow to fit KERS, and we have taken a decision just a few days ago to no more run KERS this year because we see a more promising alley in developing the aero.” Rival team chief John Howett told GPWeek that BMW’s decision was the sensible option. “What you have to do is quantify the performance versus the regulation. I think given the current regulation we understand that. In terms of cost, given the current financial circumstances, it’s probably a very sensible thing to do.” Despite Thiessen claiming that BMW’s dropping of the system did not constitute that it was a ‘flop’his sentiments were not echoed by Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali who insisted that KERS had been just that. It would appear likely that, unless its use is made compulsory in 2010, KERS is unlikely to feature in Formula 1 next season.