BMW halt KERS testing after scare
|By Jonathan Noble||Tuesday, July 22nd 2008, 13:28 GMT|
BMW Sauber have abandoned testing of their Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for now after the incident in Jerez this morning when a mechanic suffered an electric shock.
Christian Klien was trying out an F1.07C fitted with an early version of the team's energy recovery device that will be used next year.
But when he returned to the pits following a three-lap installation run, a mechanic was flung to the ground with an electric shock as he tried to push the machine back into the garage.
Although the mechanic escaped with just a small injury to his left hand and a graze on his left arm, the team decided not to run the car again until they discovered the reason for the incident.
And with no answer having been found, the team have decided to cut short running today - and will switch Christian Klien onto work on the F1.08 for this season from tomorrow.
The KERS incident comes amid heightened concerns about the safety of the devices, with Red Bull Racing having had to evacuate part of their factory last week after a fire scare when a battery failed.