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Williams won't use new energy system

WILLIAMS has ruled out using Formula One's new KERS energy recovery system at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, a team spokesman said yesterday.

"We're clear that we're not going to be using it in Australia but not clear when we will use it," he said.

The Kinetic Energy Recovery System will give a driver a brief burst of extra power at the push of a button through the recovery of energy generated by the car's brakes that would otherwise go to waste.

Most teams have said they will wait until after the final pre-season test next month before deciding whether to take the system to Melbourne for the first race on March 29.

The chances are that Williams, which has Germany's Nico Rosberg and Japan's Kazuki Nakajima as its drivers, will not use KERS in Malaysia either since that race follows on the weekend immediately after Australia.

Former champion Williams has developed its own flywheel system and set up a company to develop the technology for Formula One and further applications outside the sport.

The sport's regulations have undergone dramatic change this season, with radically revised aerodynamics and slick tires replacing the grooved ones of recent seasons.

"The greatest performance opportunities are currently in the weight distribution, balance and optimizing set-up for the slick tire," said the spokesman.

"This is where we focus initially. We will introduce KERS as and when we have a system that can improve performance."


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