Jan.13 (GMM) Ferrari has confirmed that a decision about whether to use a KERS system in its newly launched F60 has not yet been taken.
As Felipe Massa on Monday put the first kilometres on the new single seater at Mugello, he also marked the Maranello based outfit's track-debut of the controversial energy-recovery technology.
Ferrari has had a troubled development phase with its KERS system, developed in conjunction with Magneti-Marelli.
"When we realise that the performance guaranteed by KERS is up to expectations, then it is our task to use it," team boss Stefano Domenicali said.
The team was satisfied with the F60 roll-out, but Brazilian Massa acknowledged to the Italian newspaper La Stampa that a few expected "little problems" did crop up.
"We used KERS a little at the beginning, gradually increasing the power and so far it has been positive," he said.
Domenicali said he expects KERS to continue to be a challenging topic for Ferrari, and declined to give a "yes or no answer" as to whether the system will be fitted to the car in Melbourne in 72 days.
"Reliability played a very heavy burden on us last season, so the first objective is to understand the potential of KERS and then solve all the reliability problems," the Italian explained.