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Lotus to start 2011 without KERS

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Mike Gascoyne is looking at other areas to improve the car before they look at KERS © Sutton Images
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Lotus has confirmed it will start the 2011 season without the Kinetic Energy Resource System (KERS).

Team boss Tony Fernandes said in May that the team had 'good reasons' not to have the costly energy recovery technology in next season's car. And technical boss Mike Gascoyne confirmed that the car will only incorporate one of the new technological devices for the start of the 2011 season.

"We will have the adjustable rear wing but not KERS for the start of the season - it's in development - really because of engineering resource," Gascoyne told edp24.co.uk. "Over one lap, it's still not a big plus for its effort, involvement and negatives. Strategically off the start and in races, then yes."

Cars using the KERS device will have the benefit of greater straight-line speed at the touch of a button but the technology comes at some cost and also adds extra weight to the chassis. For Gascoyne, there are other more important areas the team is looking at to make up the extra time on the track.

"At the start of the year, KERS is not going to be the thing that gives us the step up. It's all the other things, and we've taken the choice to concentrate on all those because if we don't get them right, KERS isn't going to make a difference."

Although Lotus will start the season without the device, Gascoyne confirmed that when the team is ready to run with KERS, it will be with new engine supplier Renault's unit.

"Renault are very keen on green technologies and KERS, so it's something we will be pushing."

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