Marussia decides against running KERS
30 January 2012 – Marussia has elected not to use KERS during the 2012 Formula 1 season. This year, many expected all outfits to use the power-boosting tool although the squad formerly known as Virgin has decided against it on the grounds of cost-cutting.
For the first time, Marussia is designing its car with the use of a wind tunnel; previously, designers Wirth Research had been relying solely upon CFD although the company was dropped by the team mid-way through 2011.
“Our decision was based on the fact that, with the strides we are looking to make with effect from this year, our focus has to be on aerodynamics first and foremost as this focus will yield the greater gains,” Team Principal John Booth explained to GPUpdate.net.
“We are looking for seconds rather than tenths. 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 and would represent a significant proportion of our operating cost, which is not in keeping with our original manifesto as a low-cost F1 team in an era of resource restriction.”
Caterham F1 (formerly Team Lotus and a rival of Marussia) does have KERS on its 2012 car for the first time. Marussia, which has retained Timo Glock alongside French rookie Charles Pic, is yet to announced when its 2012 contender will be launched.