KERS you, Fernando!


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Alleged race fixers* Renault are going to use KERS at Monza.

Here is the story from Planet

Renault's director of engineering Pat Symonds has confirmed that the team will be using KERS at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

Renault was one of four teams, the others being Ferrari, McLaren and BMW, who began this year's Championship with KERS fitted to their cars.

But, like BMW, the Anglo/French dropped the device after deciding that the negatives far outweighed the advantages of the power boost.

The team, though, is set to reintroduce KERS at this weekend's Italian GP with Symonds claiming that the device could be worth as much as a quarter of a second per lap of Monza.

"There are three aspects of KERS that need to be considered: lap time, the advantage it gives from the start, and the ability to assist overtaking," he said.

"Firstly, the gain in lap time of running KERS in Monza is likely to be around a quarter of a second and it's worth even more in qualifying as you can do one release before you start a timed lap and another release during the timed lap.

"In terms of the advantage at the start, it's a long way from the grid to the first corner in Monza and KERS will give an advantage of well over fifteen metres compared with non-KERS cars.

"For assisting overtaking, you have to remember that Monza is a circuit where it's very difficult to overtake, but running KERS certainly won't disadvantage us in that respect.

"All these factors combine to make Monza a very favourable circuit for KERS."

Symonds is also confident that Renault can improve their results in the final five races of the season, stating that the R29 has not yet met its full potential.

"I don't see why not," he said when asked if things turnaround in the final five races. "The car has continuously improved as it did last year," he said.

"It hasn't achieved the results for a number of reasons this year, but the team is competitive, the drivers are motivated and the car continues to improve so I believe we can perform well in the last five races."

KERS should be appropriate for Monza; have Renault's eyes been opened by the performances of Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton over the last two races, or did they always intend to use KERS "at least at Monza". Will an improved performance see KERS reinstated to the Renault beyond Monza. Have you completed the Italian Quiz?

These and many more questions will be answered in the near future. If, of course, Monza is not Renault's last race of the season as Singapore comes after Renault's fix trial!

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It's looking more and more likely that KERS will be used next year now, despite "FOTA" stating a few months ago that they would voluntarily give it up.

McLaren particularly I expect are very keen to hang on to it now that they've sorted the majority of their issues.
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