Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Environ-mentalism strikes in F1

Hah!

The introduction of KERS - Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems - into Formula 1 has not been without mishap. There was a battery fire at Red Bull, and a BMW engineer received a nasty electric shock during a test at the Jerez circuit in Spain.

Now F1 safety supremo Charlie Whiting has announced that track marshals will be issued with gloves that will be “good for 1000 volts” and that cars will be fitted with warning lights so that anyone approaching a stricken F1 racer will be able to see if the KERS has shorted out.

Presumably the subtle odour of frying driver will be another give away.

KERS components will also be clearly colour coded so anyone finding them lying by the side of the track will know what they are about to pick up.

In an interview with F1.com, Whiting goes on to say that a KERS Safety Working Group has been set up, chaired by BMW.

“They‘ve met quite a few time,” he said, “and they’ve come up with a long list of suggestions, parts of which have already become regulations, and some of which will form the basis of a comprehensive document we’ll circulate to all circuits and tracks hosting a grand prix.”

No matter how comprehensive the document, the lingering fear of a massive electric shock is hardly likely to encourage marshals to race to the aid of drivers who have just had a major shunt. After all, just how sure would you be that a 150mph impact hasn't also put the kibosh on the KERS warning lamp?

Of course, none of this worries the lads at Williams F1 as they alone seem to have opted for a flywheel-based system. All they now have to worry about is a kinetic storage device rotating at an unimaginably high rotational velocity ripping loose and flying off into the wide blue yonder like a frisbee from hell.


Never mind chaps, I'm sure Gaia will be grateful for your sacrifices!

6 comments:

Mark Wadsworth said...

As Lola likes to say, racing cars are the most efficient cars (however measured) - if one team made one that was more efficient, they would have a competitive advantage and so the other teams would copy them, and so on.

Apparently this simple logic winds up Greenies no end.

TractorStats said...

Is it true or made up, sounds like they've all caught Brown Out Virus.

John Pickworth said...

Green F1 cars... utter madness at work.

What next, sails? Or drivers being required to push their cars for half a lap?

The irony of crippling 20 racing cars which will then be watched on race day by a couple hundred free loading dignatries of the socialist ilk who will have jetted in from all corners of the globe is laughable.

Oldrightie said...

Shocking!

JuliaM said...

"The irony of crippling 20 racing cars which will then be watched on race day by a couple hundred free loading dignatries of the socialist ilk who will have jetted in from all corners of the globe is laughable."

Never a truer word...

Gururaj said...

There seem to be lot of safety issues involved in KERS. The last thing we want is a repeat of Ayrton Senna episode
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