Alonso Will Lose Weight for KERS Return

Like Rubens Barrichello, Fernando Alonso has vowed to lose some weight for the 2011 season of Formula One, in order to tackle the weight distribution problems that might occur with the return of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS).

Now we know we had the same discussion some 2 years back when the technology was first introduced in Formula One. The KERS unit will be placed in a certain part of the car (close to the gearbox) and will weigh around 30 kg (66 lbs). Once it's there, there is nothing the mechanics can do to improve the balance of the car.

However, despite moves from the FIA to further increase the overall car-plus-driver minimum weight, every kilo dropped by a driver in 2011 will count for the mechanics, as they'll have more ballast to work with around the car. Consequently, the balance of the car will be improved. Needless to say, lighter drivers will benefit from the return of the KERS more, while others will have to shed some kilos in order to improve their car's balance.

The fans should get ready for me being thinner,” said Alonso during Ferrari's Christmas celebrations at Maranello, with a smile on his face.

With the return of KERS, every kilo a driver can trim can be used as ballast. So I'm going to lose a little weight. I will also improve my athletic preparation for the longest championship in history because it will be necessary to be fully fit for ten months,” he added, referring to the 20-race calendar for the 2011 season.

According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo, the 2-time world champion tips the scales at 68 kg, and will need to lose some 2 to 3 kilos in order to reach a 2011 championship prone weight.
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