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Williams, rivals differ over KERS

WILLIAMS will continue to develop its KERS energy recovery system for next season despite other Formula One teams agreeing to shelve the technology.

KERS recovers energy generated by the brakes and stores it to give drivers a brief burst of extra power at the push of a button.

McLaren and Ferrari have both won races this season with KERS-equipped cars but Williams has yet to get its flywheel system to the point where it is happy to race it.

"We fully support the use of KERS and always have done," technical director Sam Michael said in Singapore yesterday. "Given the environmental and sustainability pressures that Formula One 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 (car)," said Michael.

Ferrari said in July that it had frozen development of its system while the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) agreed to jettison KERS for 2010 as part of agreed cost cuts. But the governing FIA has left KERS in the 2010 regulations and remains committed to the technology.

FIA President Max Mosley said earlier this month that KERS was an "essential part of Formula One."

"It's the one technology that the public can understand, that you can see what it does and it's very important because KERS will be on every road car within the next 20 or 30 years if not sooner," he said. "Formula One is a great place to develop that technology."

With refuelling stops banned next year, fuel efficiency will become far more important and Mosley said KERS would be a part of that and stay in the regulations.


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