Ferrari to keep KERS in '09 - Massa

Ferrari will not drop its KERS system for the remainder of 2009 just because three other teams have, Brazilian driver Felipe Massa insists. At Silverstone last weekend, the Maranello-built cars were the only ones fitted with the controversial ...

Ferrari will not drop its KERS system for the remainder of 2009 just because three other teams have, Brazilian driver Felipe Massa insists.

At Silverstone last weekend, the Maranello-built cars were the only ones fitted with the controversial energy-reuse technology, after Renault, BMW and now McLaren discontinued their respective versions.

But Massa told Italy's La Stampa: "We will continue to use it, because our design was based on it. We will probably race it for the rest of the season."

The 28-year-old said the system helped him and teammate Kimi Raikkonen off the line in the British Grand Prix, but that otherwise the F60-KERS package is "not fast enough".

"KERS has been useful for us especially at the start of races, but in another way, if our car had been better and was starting from the front row, then we would not need the KERS so much," added Massa.

He had an impressive run through the midfield to fourth place last Sunday, but urges the Ferrari team to turn the majority of its attention to the 2010 car.

"We have to continue to work hard and to bring new developments for the next races, but we are finding the limits of the car that we have," said Massa.

"For sure, a car can always be improved, but perhaps the job for next year should be our main concern."

Massa is currently at home in Sao Paulo.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Felipe Massa
Teams Ferrari , McLaren