Tony Fernandes has admitted he is no admirer of F1’s kinetic energy recovery systems, 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.”