There were speculations that hybrid drive systems, or Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS), will make an appearance in Formula 1 in 2011. But there has been no confirmation and it’s becoming more unlikely with the comments that were recently made by HRT chief engineer Tony Cuquerella.
He called KERS "inefficient," and he even went as far as to say that it’s a little more than a marketing exercise in greenwashing (referring to both the sport and the manufacturers).
Cuquerella gave his thoughts on this device and its motives last week at a lecture given at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, according to ESPN. Cuquerella said that KERS is there to sell more cars and the idea that F1 has "tightened its belt" on energy use.
HRT isn't expected to use a KERS system next year but this is not a surprise since it isn’t supported by a major car manufacturer. It’s likely that Virgin won’t use the KERS system too.
So far, the other teams are undecided. It’s difficult to predict what role the KERS systems will have next year. Only time will tell how new aero limitations, Pirelli replacing Bridgestone, and modifications to the scoring system will fare.