Sauber will not use BMW KERS in 2011

A BMW Sauber mechanic receives an electric shock from Christian Klien (AUT) BMW F1.08 running a KERS system. Formula One Testing, Day One, Jerez, Spain, 22 July 2008.

A BMW Sauber mechanic receives a KERS electric shock during testing in 2008

Jun.16 (GMM) Sauber will not use the technology that already exists at its Hinwil headquarters when KERS systems return to formula one next year.

At a meeting of technical bosses last weekend in Canada, it was reinforced that the FOTA group’s voluntary ban on the energy recovery technology is set to lapse in 2011.

But even though Sauber’s former owner BMW successfully developed and raced at huge expense an electronic KERS system last year, new boss Peter Sauber has revealed that it will not reappear next year.

Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport claims that if Sauber runs a KERS system, it will be purchased from Ferrari for one million euros.

When asked why Sauber will not use BMW’s KERS, Peter Sauber answered: “It was an air-cooled system, with far too many disadvantages.”

  • Bec

    Sauber shoot themselves in the foot at every opportunity.

    Or is it the ‘cypher’ are looking to buy either Sauber or STR, and they want the team that comes with the most Ferrari technology ;)