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Heidfeld confident KERS can be made safe

Nick Heidfeld is confident that his BMW Sauber team will eradicate all safety doubts about their Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), despite the drama at Jerez in Spain this week.

BMW Sauber were forced to abandon testing of their KERS when a mechanic suffered an electric shock after touching the car fitted with one of the devices on Tuesday morning.

The mechanic escaped serious injury in the incident, but had to spend a night in hospital for checks after complaining of dizzy spells later in the day.

Although the Jerez accident has highlighted more safety fears about KERS, coming just a week after part of Red Bull Racing's factory was evacuated after a battery test went wrong, Heidfeld is optimistic his team will get it right.

"Of course KERS is very new," Heidfeld told autosport.com. "I think we are one of the first to use it on track.

"Of course everyone knows what happened and everybody tried everything in advance to be safe, but when you introduce new technologies these things can happen.

"I am quite confident for the future that it can be made safe. As we know from road cars, it is possible to be safe and I think we will achieve it."

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