Sunday, March 20, 2011

Video: Mark Webber gives the low-down on the KERS system

The 2011 Formula One season was supposed to kick off last week in Bahrain, but because of increasing political tensions in the region, the Bahrain Grand Prix was moved to a later schedule, which then bumped the opening race of the season to the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 27, 2011.

With the longer wait for the start of the season, Red Bull decided it was the best time to educate Formula One fans on some new technologies in place for the 2011 season, including the use of KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems) and the ability to adjust the car?s rear wing so as to reduce drag.

In this video, which serves as instructional more than anything else, Red Bull driver Mark Webber describes the benefits of using the KERS system within the race. Whether its an aggressive attempt at an overtake or a defensive tactic to keep a rival behind you, the KERS system provides an added boost of energy on the car?s engine, which in turn could spell the difference between being ahead and trailing the competition. The boost can be used in small doses or all at the same time, either at the start of the race where track position is paramount or in the middle of a heated battle with a rival.

Check out the video for a simple yet fascinating lesson on how the KERS system works in the high-tech and fast-paced world of Formula One.

Video: Mark Webber gives the low-down on the KERS system originally appeared on on Sunday, 20 March 2011 07:00 EST.

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