Marussia to use Williams made KERS in 2013

29 August, 2012

Timo Glock (GER) Marussia F1 Team MR01 on the grid. Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Race, Silverstone, England, Sunday 8 July 2012.Aug.29 (GMM) Back of the grid team Marussia will use a KERS system supplied by F1 rivals Williams, in 2013.

Technical consultant Pat Symonds also revealed on Wednesday that Marussia, the former Virgin Racing Team he joined after bowing out of F1 amid the ‘crashgate’ affair, will remain with Cosworth power next season.

The former Renault man, a veteran of F1, said that next year’s Marussia – to be called the MR02, will be an evolution of the car currently raced by Timo Glock and Charles Pic.

“We will continue with the Cosworth engine. We are concentrating on improving the driveability of the engine and enhancing its performance as a unit with the car,” said Symonds.

But the most surprising news is Marussia’s decision to link up with Williams for KERS, having not used the energy-recovery technology since debuting in 2010.

Marussia already has a technical collaboration in place with another British team, McLaren.

“We will be using KERS next year,” Symonds announced. “We plan to adopt the system that has been developed by Williams, which was used by them with the Cosworth engine last year and is currently with their Renault-engine car.

“Our 2013 unit is a development of this. We’ve been very impressed with the engineering, the efficiency and the weight. Williams are also a pleasure to work with both technically and commercially.”

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