- 2011 season
Force India commits to KERS in 2011
Force India has become the latest team to commit to using KERS in 2011.
When the energy-recovery systems were first permitted by the technical regulations last year, Force India opted not to use the technology. This year the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) agreed not to use the technology, but in 2011 it will lift its self-imposed ban and improve the efficiency of KERS by increasing in the minimum car/driver weight by 20kg. Moreover, the interaction of KERS with the car's weight distribution will also be negated in 2011, due to the introduction of a mandatory 46:54 ratio.
"There is no other option than to go with KERS," Force India's chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport.
However, it is not yet clear if independent teams Sauber and Toro Rosso will use the energy-saving technology next year. Teams not developing their own KERS systems for 2011 will be able to buy a supply for €1 million, while a €5 million per team development cap applies.