Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel won last week’s Formula One opening round at Australia by a massive margin and without the aid of KERS. However, he will be running it for the Malaysian round next weekend as the long straights of Sepang suites the use of KERS.
Another change for this season includes the use of an adjustable rear wing that with its pitch being adjustable by the drivers. Some of the drivers have in fact voiced displeasure at having more variable to control during the race, saying that there are just too many distractions already from the various buttons and dials on the steering wheel.
Nonetheless, KERS and the adjustable rear wing do make for more interesting overtaking, thus increasing the entertainment factor for the spectators. The KERS is technically worth a six-second, 80hp boost and the timing of its activation is just as crucial.
It can be used to sneak ahead of the grid from flag-off or just to forge ahead on the straights through sheer brute force. As helpful as it is for the offensive, it’s also pretty useful on the defensive side, coming into play to fend off overtaking maneuvers from the car behind.
The adjustable rear wing can be used as an overtaking aid as well but only at certain points in the race while a specific distance from the car in front. The wing’s pitch can be dropped to lower the wind resistance when the driver steps out of the slipstream of the driver in front.
Vettel used the video to explain a little more about the KERS and adjustable rear wing.
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Source: YouTube via Autoblog