Renault Confirm KERS Deal with Red Bull Racing
In the aforementioned article, a Renault spokesperson is asked several questions about the development of KERS for the upcoming season. When talking about the use of the new technology in 2009, he revealed that Renault will not run the KERS unit by themselves but will also provide it to one more team in the F1 paddock.
“The team will provide its KERS system to another team this season,” said the Renault spokesman.
As Red Bull Racing are the only team in Formula One to use Renault engines and gearboxes, it is only natural that they will also be the ones benefiting from the French manufacturers' KERS unit in the season to come. As a matter of fact, retired driver David Coulthard announced the possibility of his former team to use Renault-developed KERS in 2009, at the Autosport International Show earlier this month.
“Red Bull initially looked at developing its own system and then decided it would be economically better and more efficient to work with Renault,” had revealed Coulthard two weeks ago.
The Milton Keynes-based team had encountered several problems while trying to develop their own functional unit through 2008, culminating with a local fire brigade being called to put out a fire caused by a system malfunction in mid-July last year.
However, the Renault spokesperson insisted that KERS will not influence the outcome of a race, on the condition it will be used by all teams in F1.
“If all the teams use KERS, they will use it in the same way, in the same places, at the same times, and so there will be no advantage. On the other hand, not having the system will be an enormous handicap,” concluded the Renault official.