BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen thinks KERS cars will not have as big an advantage at Monza as some drivers have feared.
The long straights at Monza are perfect for helping those drivers who have use of the energy recovery devices - and many expect McLaren, Ferrari and Renault to duly have the edge � especially in qualifying.
But Theissen, whose team abandoned KERS earlier this year in favour of a more aggressive aerodynamic package on its cars, thinks the lack of heavy braking zones at Monza could limit the advantage that KERS have cars.
"KERS could be an advantage on the straight, but only if you get enough energy back on the lap," explained Theissen. "I think this will be difficult here.
"There are not enough hard braking zones so I expect the KERS car not to have the full energy per lap available. I don't think KERS will make too much of a difference."
With Theissen believing that KERS will not be such a benefit, he is optimistic that his team can repeat the form that helped it deliver a strong points haul in Belgium.
"I think we should be competitive here," he said. "Spa was a medium downforce circuit, this is a low downforce circuit. We have seen that medium downforce was better than high downforce for our car, so I am confident for here. "