Fernandes says F1 KERS waste of money

2 December, 2011

Tony Fernandes

Tony Fernandes

Dec.2 (GMM) Tony Fernandes has admitted he is no admirer of formula one’s kinetic energy recovery systems, otherwise known as KERS.

Since 2009, the systems have re-used heating energy collected under braking in the form of a power ‘boost’ controlled via a button in the drivers’ cockpit.

From 2012, the Caterham drivers will enjoy the boost for the first time, with the system supplied by the team’s gearbox and hydraulics supplier Red Bull.

But team boss Fernandes is no admirer.

Referring to the high costs involved in running a F1 team, the Malaysian said: “There is still too much money spent, and above all too much in the wrong places.

“We used to talk about a million euros rent for using KERS, but now we are talking about three to five million,” he is quoted by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.

“For what? Our (F1′s) KERS contributes nothing to the environment.”


  • Colin

    Since when has KERS “reused heating energy”?
    I’d have thought that the clue to what energy it reused was in the name – the first two letters to be specific.

    What you might have been trying to say is that it reuses the energy that would otherwise have been converted into heat under braking.

  • Butterfly

    KERS is a marketing tool for the auto industry, it has no place in F1 in the current config. But that fat guy wouldn’t know anything about that.

  • Adam

    he’s only been part of F1 a short time hasn’t he?

  • stewy33

    I think Tony Fernandes is implying KERS is another item on the car that can fail. A failed KERS unit not working is like adding a 80KG handicap to your car. Every componet on the car is made to save wieght. I want to say Tony Fernandes would rather spend money on areodynamics then messing around with a KERS. For example the rear wing they developed for Brazil and next year gained them around .200 to .300 seconds a lap and that is huge by F1 standards.

  • Matster

    @stewy33 the point you raised is technically untrue because all the cars weigh the same with or without kers and to make a jump of .2-.3 of a second is actually pretty poor for a car that is some 3-4 secs of the pace, gains of half a second plus should be easy until the 1.5-1.9 mark off the pace should be relatively easy.

  • stewy33

    I should have said a failed KERS would feel like dead weight, my wording was poor. Yes you’re 100% correct saying all the teams do everything they can to make thier car as light as the rules allow them to.

    Touching base with the .200 to .300 seconds a lap, when a new teams engineering department is making parts that work; it is a step in the right direction even if it is a small step.

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