F1's green technology drive unveiled

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Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) president Jean Todt has stated his intention to continue Formula One's efforts to promote the development of green technology in the sport.

The 2009 F1 season saw the introduction of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), which gave drivers the option of a short power boost each lap. However, the initiative has now been scrapped on cost–cutting grounds as only Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and BMW Sauber used KERS in 2009 with teams struggling to successfully incorporate the technology into their cars. Todt has expressed his regret at the development, but has announced that former Ferrari engine boss Gilles Simon will join the FIA to lead a dedicated working group for environmentally friendly technology. "I am convinced that we absolutely must reflect the environment with new technologies, " Todt told French newspaper Le Figaro. "We must adapt to our time and review fundamentally motorsport – even create new disciplines. After giving up on KERS, we will accomplish nothing innovative next year. I'm sorry about that. I have therefore decided to create a working group. . . Gilles Simon, former boss at Ferrari engines, will join the FIA in this context. "Todt has succeeded Max Mosley in the FIA presidency and is determined to follow in his predecessors footsteps and continue to cut costs in F1 as he enters his first full year in the post. Todt added: "The F1 teams are sometimes blind and do not realise what is happening in the world. But the racing has been struck as always by the (financial) crisis. F1 is too expensive, and my predecessor Max Mosley made great efforts to reduce costs, but it was not enough, especially as some teams were resistant. I am sad that Honda, BMW and Toyota are gone, but when you spend a lot and the results are not there, it's inevitable. On the other hand, it's great that new teams will be coming in. But the cost–saving measures already taken are not sufficient. I am against limiting regulatory budgets but if we want to perpetuate F1 it takes a real awareness and fundamental decisions. "About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comThe Sport Briefing is updated as and when news happens, from across the global business of sport. The industry's biggest stories have an accompanying email alert, and The Sport Briefing sends subscribers a daily digest to give them an easy–to–read overview of the day's main events. Contact rory. squires@thesportbriefing. com for more information.

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