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BMW Mechanic in KERS Shocker

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Published on Jul 31, 2008

A BMW Sauber technician was injured yesterday with an electric shock given off by the experimental Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) equipped F1.07C car. The incident occurred when test driver Christian Klien pulled into the pits and the technician touched the car for the first time following a test run at Jerez.

"During testing of the KERS car at the Jerez track this morning, there was an incident involving a mechanic," a BMW Sauber spokesman explained. "When the car returned to the pits, he touched it and suffered an electric shock. He sustained slight injuries to his left hand and grazing on his left arm."

The technician was taken to the circuit's medical centre for a brief examination before rejoining the test team. An investigation is underway to determine the cause.

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