Ferrari slams KERS plan

Great engine guys 'twiddling their thumbs'

The introduction of the Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) has been criticised by Ferrari vice-president Piero Ferrari.

Formula One rule makers hope KERS, designed to recover some of the vehicle's kinetic energy that is normally dissipated as heat during braking, will make the sport more environmentally friendly and lead to more overtaking.

Under KERS, drivers will draw 60kW of energy from one axle on the car by using a "boost" button.

But Piero Ferrari believes KERS will increase F1 costs.

"We should reflect on many of the technical and sporting decisions taken in F1 lately," he told Autosprint.

"Engines were frozen with the result that all of them now run at 19,000 revolutions, so there's no difference in power nor revs, and therefore there's no way you can take advantage of a possible overrevving to try to overtake.


"We should have done something similar to what NASCAR has done: to set some limits in the regulations, while allowing for researching and re-designing. The way the regulations are right now, we can't re-design a single part to improve it. It's excessive. Ferrari have great engine guys twiddling their thumbs.

"By contrast, they make us spend time and money to design the KERS, for which we can't evaluate the costs precisely because it's a new technology.

"It's also based on knowledge unknown to traditional engine guys, like high-capacity batteries and high-performance electrical engines, for which you need specialised engineers from outside the motoring world.

"To acquire that know-how will cause high levels of spending over the years, it's not the best solution to reduce costs.

"Engine recovery is fine, but not this way. Too many different systems to recover energy have been permitted. They need to be limited, otherwise costs could go sky-high, with the risk of having to cut drastically on other areas to limit spending, as was done with engines, revs, and electronics."