Oct.14 (GMM) Ferrari is still lagging behind with development of a KERS system for 2009.
The Italian team's engine boss Gilles Simon admitted last month that Ferrari is "struggling" with the technology, raising the prospects that the 2009 car will debut without an energy-recovery system.The situation led to Force India, Ferrari's F1 customer, shopping around for a new supplier, with business director Ian Phillips confirming in Japan that its Maranello based partner is being "non-committal" about next year's package."I can not deny that we are lagging behind," Ferrari's technical director Aldo Costa is quoted as saying by Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport.He admitted that Ferrari's progress with KERS is behind that of "most teams"."Let me just say that I would prefer if our system was already in the testing phase. We now have to do a lot in a short time frame."Costa added that Ferrari is targeting the debut of its KERS system for a group test in mid-January that "we really must not miss".He said: "During the battle for the world championship we have put a lot of effort into the F2008, and now we must also focus on next season."