Hamilton Will Run Non-KERS Car on Friday

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton will not run a KERS-powered McLaren MP4-24 during this Friday's practice sessions. The news was confirmed by teammate Heikki Kovalainen, who will use KERS this Friday.

The Finnish driver did not reveal the reason why the McLaren duo will use different setups during the Friday practice sessions, or if Hamilton will use KERS starting the Saturday action at Silverstone. It seems McLaren are evaluating the use of the aforementioned technology on the Northamptonshire track, as the lack of heavy braking zones would (in theory) make it useless.

I am running with it but Lewis is not, Friday at least. I don't think it will affect the balance. I am keen to run KERS and Lewis will try it without KERS, and then we will see what happens,” said Kovalainen to the British media, ahead of this weekend's event.

Other than that, McLaren will not bring anything new to the table this weekend, as Hamilton announced the MP4-24 will be mostly the same as two weeks ago, in Turkey. As time goes by, the impression that McLaren are already switching to their 2010 campaign (if any, given the political crisis in F1) is more obvious by the minute.

Under the circumstances, only three cars will use KERS at Silverstone on Friday, as Ferrari have also confirmed both drivers will compete on KERS-powered F60s during the course of this weekend. The Scuderia will use a lighter version of the unit during the British Grand Prix, while Massa is to drive a lighter chassis for the first time this season.
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