Sauber has confirmed that it won’t use the BMW-designed KERS system when the moratorium blocking the use of KERS ends this season, despite the technology already being in existence when the team ran it in 2008.

Meetings of the technical heads of the twelve teams at last weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix reinforced that FOTA’s voluntary ban on the energy recovery system would come to an end in time for its deployment on 2011 cars.

Despite the huge expense Sauber’s former owner BMW incurred in designing and unsuccessfully deploying the system on its F1.09 chassis last year, team boss Peter Sauber has confirmed that it is not an option for the 2011 season.

Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport spoke with Sauber, who explained his reluctance to use the BMW-designed system was due to it being “an air-cooled system, with far too many disadvantages.”

The newspaper suspects that if Sauber was to run a KERS unit in 2011, it would almost certainly be a customer unit purchased from its engine supplier, Ferrari.

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