Heikki Kovalainen on Wednesday admitted he is hoping few teams touch down in Australia later this month not intending to deploy new KERS energy re-use technology.

Heikki Kovalainen on Wednesday admitted he is hoping few teams touch down in Australia later this month not intending to deploy new KERS energy re-use technology.

The Finnish driver told reporters at the Jerez test that he is "99 per cent confident" the system in his McLaren MP4-24 will be used at the first grands prix of 2009.

Several rival teams, including Toyota, Red Bull and Williams, have declared that their respective cars will not be fitted with the systems at Albert Park.

It is therefore possible that McLaren are the most advanced in the field in terms of the preparedness of KERS, but Renault and Ferrari also seem likely to race it, and BMW-Sauber has always been the staunchest advocate of the controversial technology.

Kovalainen, 27, said: "Hopefully other people don't get it and we get it, but there are other good teams around and I wouldn't underestimate anyone.

"I wouldn't be surprised if many of the other teams had it (in Australia) as well," he added.

 

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