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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Williams plan to race KERS in 2010

According to The Williams team is planning to use KERS in next year's car, despite the Formula One Teams' Association having agreed to drop the system voluntarily.

As we reported, FOTA teams announced in June that they would not be using KERS in 2010 as they deemed the technology was too expensive, despite the facts all works teams had already developed a race ready and fully functional KERS system.

Former Renault boss Flavio Briatore seemed to take a leading role in FOTA's push to ban KERS, but as he has now been fired by Renault, Briatore seemingly has no future role in Formula One. The pact could now collapse, with Williams having confirmed it is continuing with the development of its KERS with the intention of using it in next year's car.

"We fully support the use of KERS and always have done," Williams technical director Sam Michael said on Tuesday.

"Given the environmental and sustainability pressures that Formula 1 is going to face in the future, KERS is a positive step for the sport.

"It's in next year's regulations, so we're continuing developing our system with a view to using it on next year's FW32."

Williams, developing a flywheel-based KERS, has not used the system this season.

The Grove team recently rejoined FOTA after it was suspended earlier this year when it broke ranks with the rest of FOTA and entered the 2010 world championship before the FIA's initial deadline.

McLaren and Ferrari have been using KERS continuously this season, both scoring wins with the system.

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