Marussia F1 will not use KERS in 2012 F1

Marussia confirmed that they will not run with KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) thorough the 2012 F1 season.

Team Principal John Booth told Autosport that the call on KERS came about because the outfit is so eager to ensure that it makes a big step this season.

“With the strides we are looking to make from this year, our focus has to be on aerodynamics first and foremost – as this will yield the greater gains,” he said. We are looking for seconds rather than tenths.”

Team Lotus (now kown Caterham) who, like Marussia, joined the F1 grid in 2010, were able to make inroads last season without the KERS power boost, which is worth several tenths per lap. They are using KERS this year but, according to Booth, the significant cost in using the energy recovery system is currently preventing Marussia from following suit.

“Our wider view of KERS is that whilst we are supportive of the concept of regenerative braking as an environmental initiative, the current technology is incredibly expensive,” he added.

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