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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Pre-Shanghai roundup

No KERS for Ferrari

Ferrari will not use KERS in China after reliability issues cropped up with the system on both cars in the first two aces in the season.

It is a double blow for the struggling team after losing the appeal on diffusers earlier this week. It is believed by some that the unreliable device was helping the reigning constructors' champions keep the "diffuser gang" in sight.

"We are not happy and we must react immediately," Team boss Stefano Domenicali said on Thursday, according to the BBC. "We found a problem with the Kers on Kimi's car in Sepang and we have therefore decided not to run with it in Shanghai."

F1 2009 - Rd2 Malaysian GP - Practice

One of the memorable images from Malaysia was of Kimi Raikkonen jumping out of a smoking cockpit following a KERS failure.

On the flip side, BMW Sauber will run KERS in Robert Kubica's car this weekend after the team managed to strip enough weight from the car for it to pass scrutineering.

The Thursday Press Conference

Dennis does what we thought he already did

McLaren announced in an official statement Ron Dennis is turning the keys to the F1 team over to Martin Whitmarsh.

Dennis will now focus on McLaren’s road car business as Executive Chairman of McLaren Automotive, which will be spun off later this year and plans a line of sports cars.

"I admit I'm not always easy to get on with," he said in the official team statement. "I admit I've always fought hard for McLaren in Formula One. I doubt if Max Mosley or Bernie Ecclestone will be displeased by my decision. But no-one asked me to do it. It was my decision."

The official statement

Whitmarsh Q&A

In timely fashion, Autosport has an interview with Martin Whitmarsh, where he admits he offered his resignation following the Melbourne follies.

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