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Force India closes the KERS option

other Updated: Sep 06, 2009 17:44 IST

With just five races to go before the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) becomes history, Force India Formula One team has closed that option, saying it's not worth the money or hassle.

Force India chairman Vijay Mallya told PTI that introducing KERS at this stage would not only upset the car's balance but also burn a hole in his pocket.

With the Formula One Team Association (FOTA) deciding to shun KERS from the next season, Mallya said it was not worth spending a fortune on the device.

"It's going to be impossible to introduce KERS in the last five races," he said.

"It weighs a good 30 kilos, changes the entire balance of the car and just for five races, well, I think it's useless," Mallya said.

KERS was introduced this year to rev up racing with the device allowing drivers an 80bhp power boost which they can use for up to 6.7 seconds each lap.

Force India's VJM02 cars were initially designed to run KERS and the outfit had plans to introduce it from European Grand Prix onwards but the weight and cost factors made them change their mind.

A typical KERS package weighs 30-35 kgs and Force India engineers realised that if they fit it to Adrian Sutil's car, the VJM02 will cross the weight limit even with a minimal fuel load.