BMW-Sauber team boss Mario Theissen has refused to back Flavio Briatore's claim that FOTA is seeking a KERS ban for the 2010 season.

BMW-Sauber team boss Mario Theissen has refused to back Flavio Briatore's claim that FOTA is seeking a KERS ban for the 2010 season.

The Renault chief and commercial chairman of the Formula One Teams Association, a staunch critic of the new energy recovery technology, said in Bahrain: "Yes, FOTA wants to ban it from 2010".

It is almost certain that KERS champion and FIA president Max Mosley would not agree to banning the technology, but as it is not compulsory, nothing would stop FOTA members from simply unanimously agreeing not to use it.

There was a strong indication in the Bahrain paddock, however, that McLaren-Mercedes do not support a KERS ban, while BMW's Theissen said: "I don't want to comment on that, but nothing is decided."

The next meeting of the teams association is scheduled for May 6 in London.

 

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