So I thought that today I would try and put together a list of who’s planning on running KERS for the start of the 2009 season, and who’s not. I’ll also try to keep this up to date as the season goes forward until the point where everyone is using KERS.
KERS is a new system introduced for the 2009 season, and if you haven’t heard of it yet (you will do aplenty as soon as the season starts) is a Kinetic Energy Recovery System that takes energy that would be wasted during braking. The driver can then use this stored energy as a boost for up to around 6.5 seconds per lap (for example when trying to overtake another car) and is expected to give enough of a boost to gain a car 0.2s over that lap. I could explain it in more detail, but Grand Prix TV have got a great video and short text explaining it.
So why isn’t everyone planning on using KERS at the start of the season? Well it’s been quite a difficult development challenge and there is also a weight implication (around 35kg) which will give the car a less-than-ideal weight distribution (as there will be less moveable ballast available for the car).
So onto the main point of this post, who’s said they’re using it and when will they be using it:
|McLaren||Yes||2009 Round 1 - Australia||Electrical||McLaren Electronic Systems|
|Ferrari||Yes||2009 Round 1 - Australia||Electrical||Ferrari|
|BMW||Yes||2009 Round 1 - Australia (Note: Kubica didn’t use KERS but Heidfeld did)||Electrical||BMW|
|Renault||Yes||2009 Round 1 - Australia||Electrical||Renault|
|Red Bull||Planned||Unknown (Mark Webber recently stated "not for 5 or 6 races")||Electrical||Renault|
|Williams||Planned||Unknown||Flywheel||Williams Hybrid Power|
|Force India||Planned||Unknown (Vijay Mallya said they are targeting Barcelona on BBC F1 forum after Australian GP)||Electrical||McLaren Electronic Systems|
|Brawn GP||No||Not planned for 2009||None||None|
|Race details Drivers using KERS highlighted|
I hope that helps you all in these final days of the build up to the season opener, hopefully the teams will provide this data (and some sort of on screen graphics of when a driver activates their boost) to the TV audience once things get under way.
Updated 2009/03/24 8:41 PM GMT:
Red Bull, added extra detail: Mark Webber recently stated "not for 5 or 6 races"
Updated 2009/03/26 11:42 AM GMT:
BMW, added extra detail on reports that Kubica won’t use KERS in Australia, but Heidfeld will.
Upatded 2009/03/30 10:00 PM GMT:
McLaren, Ferrari, BMW, Renault, removed planned status as all used KERS in Australia.
Force Indian, added note on Vijay Mallya’s comments that they are targeting Barcelona for introduction.
Drivers, add the drivers table with Australian results.