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Toro Rosso pushing for cost effective KERS for 2013 01 Oct 2009

Franz Tost (AUT) Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, European Grand Prix, Practice Day, Valencia Spain, Friday, 21 August 2009 KERS Isolation sticker on the car of Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) McLaren MP4/23 Formula One Testing, Jerez, Spain, Wednesday 10 December 2008  
Flybrid Systems' flywheel-based KERS unit. Autosport International Show, NEC, Birmingham, England, Day One, 8 January 2009.

Although the teams look set to drop KERS from Formula One racing next season, the technology still has plenty of advocates in the paddock. Among them is Franz Tost, Toro Rosso team principal, who is urging his rivals to continue research away from races with a view to introducing a far more cost effective solution in 2013.

“KERS for me is an important part of Formula One, I am a supporter of KERS,” Tost told Formula1.com. “However, I am against the use of KERS in the period from 2010-2012. Why? Because all indications show that any KERS system is not technically mature enough yet to be used efficiently and be cost effective.

“The system should be developed for 2013 together with a new engine and gearbox, and that (development) should start now. For the smaller teams it should be offered as part of the drive train at a reasonable price. That is what I think should happen and that is what I am fighting for.”

Asked what feedback he had received from other teams on the proposal, Tost added: “There are some who are urging the use of KERS before 2013. Now we have to see how things develop.”

KERS was introduced as an option at the start of the 2009 and although several teams have experimented with the technology, only two - McLaren and Ferrari - are running it at every race. Tost now believes that a rethink can make KERS a more viable - and environmentally relevant - choice.

“I am all for the use of KERS in the long run but it should be planned better in terms of costs and in terms of environmental friendliness. Environmental friendliness means that it does not make sense if a KERS system is in use where you have to get rid of the batteries after every race. That cannot be it.”