“It makes sense to run KERS and it's our target obviously,” Sebastian Vettel told the media in Shanghai on Thursday, admitting that his and his team's will is to run the system in China, especially since the circuit features two long straights where KERS will prove of great use.
As in the first two races of the season however, Red Bull are expected to run some further tests of the unit during the 2 practice sessions on Friday, before deciding whether to fit it onto the RB7 for the remaining two days of action, on Saturday and Sunday.
“Yes, we will be using it tomorrow,” added Vettel, while admitting that he “hopes” to drive a KERS-powered RB7 in qualifying and race.
If their KERS didn't work at all at Albert Park, Red Bull managed to improve their system for the Sepang event last week and run it trouble-free through qualifying. A few minutes before the race however, Webber's unit broke down and the Australian driver was left without KERS for the entire race, while Vettel's only worked at the start and until mid-race, before hitting trouble.
Following the Malaysian Grand Prix, Red Bull's technical director Adrian Newey admitted that there isn't a quick fix for their own developed KERS unit in 2011 and that a solution will be found in time. However, the team aims to use it in China due to the characteristics of the track, that make it highly valuable for a competitive lap time.