Williams U-turn signals the end of KERS

Williams has agreed to drop its plans to introduce its revolutionary fly-wheel Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for 2010.

Although the teams will still be permitted to use KERS, as it remains in the technical regulations, the members of the  Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) had previously agreed to abolish the system for next season.

After being suspended from FOTA for not supporting the planned breakaway series earlier in the year, Williams had defied the other teams and signalled their intent to introduce their unique system.

However, in an interview with Germany’s Motorsport-total.com, Patrick Head has stated that the Grove-based team will abandon their plans in a move to rejoin FOTA.

“We were conscious that one of the conditions was that KERS is not permitted in 2010,” the Engineering director said. “We expressed that we think it is the wrong decision, but accept the rules of the club.”