The reigning champions elected to remove the power-boosting device from both Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel’s new RB7 challengers, and yet Vettel was still able to take pole by over eight-tenths of a second without the device.
The team had elected to secretly remove the device on the Saturday of the Australian round, fearing its reliability was not completely bulletproof, but team boss Christian Horner has confirmed that the nature of the Malaysian circuit will support KERS being fitted to the team’s cars.
“We will run KERS in Malaysia,” he told the Guardian newspaper after the team’s first race win on Australian soil. “It was a very marginal decision not to run it [here, but] in Malaysia there is a long run to the first turn and we are keen to get it on the car there.”
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