• 2011 season

Williams backs compulsory KERS

ESPNF1 Staff
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Sir Frank Williams wants to see KERS back in F1 © Getty Images

Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) should only return to the F1 grid next year if every car is fitted with the energy-recovery technology.

That is the claim of Sir Frank Williams, whose Grove-based team is reportedly keen to see KERS make a comeback in 2011. Williams has its own hybrid technology company, whose unique flywheel KERS unit was fitted to the Porsche 911 GT3 R at the recent Nurburgring 24 hour race.

FIA president Jean Todt is pushing hard for the F1 teams alliance Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) to overturn its self-imposed ban on KERS. However, even if the ban is overturned use of KERS would still be voluntary under the current technical regulations.

"I am a strong supporter of the use of KERS," Williams is quoted by the Dutch publication formule1.nl. "The automotive industry is working on reducing CO2 emissions, and for that reason alone formula one must take the lead. But it should be compulsory - either we all use it, or we all do not."

He added that if Williams does use KERS in F1 next year, it would not be the flywheel system produced by Williams Hybrid Power.

"Our system works well and is being used by Porsche in long distance races," he confirmed. "But it is bigger than the electrical systems. As we now drive with bigger fuel tanks, it no longer fits in a Formula One car. It would make our car like a London double-decker."