• Apr 2nd 2011 at 11:54AM
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Sebastian Vettel on KERS – Click above to view video after the jump

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, winner of last weekend's Formula 1 opening round in Australia, has taken to YouTube to explain what the addition of KERS and and an adjustable rear wing means for drivers. Technically speaking, KERS is good for a six-second, 80-horsepower boost.

According to Vettel, that's best used as a way to help get off the grid ahead of the pack, or sneak through a gap in traffic at the start of a race. Otherwise, it can be used to hold off an attack during the race or as an edge going for the overtake.

The adjustable rear wing is only available as an overtaking aid at certain points in a race within a specified distance of an opponent. It's designed to reduce the increased drag when a driver steps out of the slipstream and into clean air. By reducing the wing's pitch, the driver can lose some of the increased resistance. Click past the jump for Vettel's explanation.

[Source: YouTube]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish using KERS in real life made the cars make rocket ship sounds and glow blue...haha
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wish that too, that would be awesome xD. also, didn't autoblog already post this video, like 2 weeks ago? xD
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it's great to mix it up for overtaking but from what I've seen (ie. Button/Massa), 80hp is not enough to make a difference. I'm sure they can make it 160hp if they wanted to. The adjustable rear wing doesn't seem to make any difference at all either.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Ayllee Yeah, they've said all along that the system is capable of doing more than 80BHP per lap. What I'd like to see is an adjustable BHP output, at UP TO the FIA regulated amount. That way teams can run smaller batteries or run less cooling. It might serve to increase the life of the gearboxes as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Of all opinions on these two issues, Vettel's is the one I care least about.

      Vettel didn't use KERS one time in the race weekend. Neither Red Bull did. And in fact, as he led the race from lap one, Vettel likely didn't use the adjustable wing, either.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Vettel might not have used the adjustable wing in the race but he used it in the sessions leading up to it. I was in the stand looking up the main straight and you could see the wing open long before they hit the exit kerb. Webber used it in the race but the gearing was wrong because he was bouncing off the rev limiter half way down the straight and not able to pass Alonso.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its called irony.
      • 4 Years Ago
      so KERS is the equivalent of the mushroom in Mario Kart
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