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It's no secret that the FIA and the Formula One Teams' Association are jointly interested in reducing the cost required to compete in F1 racing, and the FOTA has taken a step in that direction by resolving to abandon the use of the controversial kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS) that are permissible but not mandatory for the 2009 season. According to reports, the vote to ban the hybrid powertrains was not unanimous, but a majority of teams have voted against the technology for 2010.

As it stands, only four of the ten teams taking part in the '09 season have actually used KERS in competition and only two, McLaren and Ferrari, used it last weekend at the Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul. This vote raises questions as to how F1 will promote environmental awareness in the absence of KERS-equipped powertrains.

Says McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh:
"F1 has to demonstrate that it has some green credentials, but at the same time, in this economic climate everybody is looking to save costs. It has been a huge effort talking about new entrants and making sure the smaller teams stay in F1. McLaren's position is we would like to see KERS retained – but we also accept that we have to be responsible members of the F1 community, and if the majority don't want to have KERS, or can't afford KERS at the moment, then we have to be realistic."

  • Drivers take the start of the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix, at the Istanbul Park circuit on June 7, 2009 in Istanbul. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Red Bull's German driver Sebastian Vettel leads the pack at the Istanbul Park circuit on June 7, 2009 in Istanbul, at the start of the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JUNE 07: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing drives on his way to finishing third in the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on June 7, 2009, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JUNE 07: Jenson Button of Great Britain and Brawn GP drives on his way to winning the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on June 7, 2009, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JUNE 07: Jenson Button of Great Britain and Brawn GP drives on his way to winning the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on June 7, 2009, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JUNE 07: Felipe Massa of Brazil and Ferrari comes in for a pitstop during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on June 7, 2009, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JUNE 07: Felipe Massa of Brazil and Ferrari tries to keep cool on the grid before the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on June 7, 2009, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • Brawn GP's British driver Jenson Button drives ahead of Red Bull's German driver Sebastian Vettel at the Istanbul Park circuit on June 7, 2009 in Istanbul, during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / MUSTAFA OZER (Photo credit should read MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Details Download Find similar images F1 Grand Prix of Turkey - Race ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JUNE 07: Robert Kubica of Poland and BMW Sauber drives during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on June 7, 2009, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) Editorial Details Download Find similar images F1 Grand Prix of Turkey - Race ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JUNE 07: Robert Kubica of Poland and BMW Sauber drives during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on June 7, 2009, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) * This image is available for subscription download. Title: F1 Grand Prix of Turkey - Race ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JUNE 07: Robert Kubica of Poland and BMW Sauber drives during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on June 7, 2009, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) Image #: 88279611 License type: Rights-managed Photographer: Paul Gilham/Staff Collection: Getty Images Sport Source: Getty Images Europe Credit: Getty Images Date created: 07 Jun 2009 Object name: 57622279 Copyright: 2009 Getty Images Max file size/dimensions/dpi: 18.9 MB / 6.84 x 10.72 in. (2051 x 3215 px) / 300dpi Keywords: Turkey, Drive, Park, Majestic, Sport, Horizontal, Europe, Poland, Motorized Sport, Formula One Racing, Istanbul, BMW Sauber, Robert Kubica, Grand Prix, Turkish. Find similar images Release information: Not released. More information Restrictions: No commercial or wireless uses without permission. Contact your local office. Images may only be published in print media or on the Internet Availability: Availability for this image cannot be guaranteed until time of purchase. Getty Images reserves the right to pursue unauthorized users of this image or clip. If you violate our intellectual property you may be liable for: actual damages, loss of income, and profits you derive from the use of this image or clip, and, where appropriate, the costs of collection and/or statutory damages up to $150,000 (USD). All contents © copyright 1999-2009 Getty Images, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • Brawn GP's British driver Jenson Button drives at the Istanbul Park circuit on June 7, 2009 in Istanbul, during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / MUSTAFA OZER (Photo credit should read MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari Brazilian's driver Felipe Massa drives at the Istanbul Park circuit on June 7, 2009 in Istanbul, during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Brawn GP's British driver Jenson Button (L) celebrates withRed Bull's Australian driver Mark Webber on the podium of the Istanbul Park circuit on June 7, 2009 in Istanbul, after the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix. Brawn GP's British driver Jenson Button won the race ahead of Red Bull's Australian driver Mark Webber and Red Bull's German driver Sebastian Vettel. AFP PHOTO / MUSTAFA OZER (Photo credit should read MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images)
  • ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JUNE 07: Jenson Button of Great Britain and Brawn GP celebrates in parc ferme after winning the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on June 7, 2009, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • (From L) Red Bull's Australian driver Mark Webber, Brawn GP's British driver Jenson Button, and Red Bull's German driver Sebastian Vettel pose on the podium of the Istanbul Park circuit on June 7, 2009 in Istanbul, after the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix. Brawn GP's British driver Jenson Button won the race ahead of Red Bull's Australian driver Mark Webber and Red Bull's German driver Sebastian Vettel. AFP PHOTO / MUSTAFA OZER (Photo credit should read MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Brawn GP's British driver Jenson Button celebrates in the parc ferme of the Istanbul Park circuit on June 7, 2009 in Istanbul, after the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix. Brawn GP's British driver Jenson Button won the race ahead of Red Bull's Australian driver Mark Webber and Red Bull's German driver Sebastian Vettel. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Brawn GP's British driver Jenson Button crosses the finnish line of the Istanbul Park circuit on June 7, 2009 in Istanbul, after the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix. Brawn GP's British driver Jenson Button won the race ahead of Red Bull's Australian driver Mark Webber and Red Bull's German driver Sebastian Vettel. AFP PHOTO / MUSTAFA OZER (Photo credit should read MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images)
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