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Ferrari Preparing B-Spec Car In Case KERS Is Not Ready For Melbourne

Scuderia Ferrari chiefs have admitted that they are preparing a B-Spec 2009 car for the possibility that their Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) will not be ready for the new season opener in Melbourne.

The Italian team have made no excuse they they are late starting work with their system.  McLaren, BMW Sauber and Honda had all taken to the track with systems, but these are highly unlikely to be final editions.

Ferrari’s technical director Aldo Costa told Gazzetta dello Sport: “The objective is to arrive at the first race with a functioning and competitive KERS, but we also have a B plan: not a different car but a version without KERS.”

Engine chief Gilles Simon added: “We are late with the KERS. We prepared a hybrid F1 car to test it, but the system isn’t ready. In February we’ll understand how to go to the first grand prix.”

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