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Those teams that have devoted their development time to KERS have lost out to those who have concentrated on circumnavigating the reduction in downforce

By the time you read this, the FIA Court of Appeal will have ruled on the legality of the slotted twin diffusers as used by Brawn, Toyota and Williams in the season's first two grands prix.

Whichever decision has been reached, we are now going to get some answers as to how much of a performance benefit or hindrance KERS is, because the pattern from Australia and Malaysia was that all the KERS devices were fitted into poor-handling cars. Furthermore, the twin-diffuser cars were all fast and none of them had KERS. The only conventional-diffuser car that looked at all competitive was the Red Bull - and that didn't have KERS either. Is this all just coincidence or does KERS, as currently configured, actually cost lap time?

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