The Weekly Grapevine

The Weekly Grapevine

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In less than a week, Formula 1 will be KERSed – or, rather, certain teams will optionally avail themselves of the additional power boost (±80bhp for around six seconds per lap) in exchange for a weight penalty of at least 30 kilograms plus all the risks related to running technology as yet unproven in anger.

Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems are, of course, the FIA's flagship ‘green' initiative, which motoring's governing body hopes will establish F1 as the worldwide leader in regenerative systems by showcasing the technology. Hats off to the federation for pointing the sport in that direction despite early antipathy from various directions against the concept on competitive, technological and costs grounds.

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