How the return of KERS will improve F1

How the return of KERS will improve F1

KERS is back in Formula 1 for 2011, and while it's first offical foray into the sport may have proved expensive and underwhelming Dieter Rencken argues that a year's development behind the scenes could make it a 'magic bullet' for teams this year

Rewind two years to the various unveilings of Formula 1's 2009 cars. All present were bubbling with enthusiasm for the FIA's newly-introduced kinetic energy recovery system rules. BMW Motorsport boss Mario Theissen at the time even stated that 'To win the world championship a team will need to be KERS-equipped...'

As we now know BMW failed to win even a race despite having been an active proponent of the device – which it eventually discarded well before the rest. It could be argued that the team's resultant embarrassment contributed, indirectly if no more, to the BMW board's decision to abruptly exit the sport at the end of the season.

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