Marussia to use KERS in 2013

By on Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Photo credit: Marussia F1 Team

The Marussia F1 Team has confirmed that they will be using KERS for the first time in 2013.

Pat Symonds, Marussia's technical consultant, also confirmed that the team will continue to use Cosworth engines.

"We will continue with the Cosworth engine. We are happy with the work we are doing with them and I think that we are working together to try and improve the areas that we are able to under the regulations. We are concentrating on improving the driveability of the engine and enhancing its performance as a unit with the car."

Symonds also confirmed that KERS will be in use for the first time at Marussia, leaving only HRT without KERS.

"Yes we will be using KERS next year. We plan to adopt the system that has been developed by Williams, which was used by them with the Cosworth engine last year and is currently with their Renault-engine car. Our 2013 unit is a development of this. We’ve been very impressed with the engineering, the efficiency and the weight. Williams are also a pleasure to work with both technically and commercially."

Symonds also confirmed that the 2013 car is on schedule.

"The MR02 is on schedule. As always, it’s a tight schedule, but that’s the way it should be if you want to bring maximum performance to the car. There are some reasonably significant changes, but in many ways it’s a progression of the MR01 - the lessons we have learnt from that car, from racing it now for half a season and some of the things that we wanted to do to that car that we simply didn’t have time to do last year. So everything is on schedule and we are looking forward to a productive winter of testing and a strong start to the 2013 season."

Symonds also confirmed that Marussia will be bringing upgrades to the Belgian and Singapore Grand Prixs.

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