Formula one drivers have been given advice about how to dismount their cars as the controversial new energy re-use technology KERS is set to be introduced this season.

Formula one drivers have been given advice about how to dismount their cars as the controversial new energy re-use technology KERS is set to be introduced this season.

It is unclear how many teams will actually deploy their systems in Melbourne late next month, but it is nonetheless obvious that meticulous preparations for the potentially dangerous technology has been used in the development and testing phase.

At the winter test tracks, mechanics wear big rubber gloves to touch the cars, which bear 'high voltage' or other warning stickers and signs alongside the usual sponsor decals.

The German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, meanwhile, claims that clothing manufacturers associated with F1, such as Puma, are developing special racing boots that would prevent the drivers from being shocked as one of their feet touches the ground and the other the KERS-equipped car.

The newspaper also asked Sebastian Vettel if fear of electrocution was the reason for his springboard-style leap from his new Red Bull after a breakdown at the recent Jerez test.

Observers saw the German driver climb from his driving position onto the RB5's bulkhead before performing a huge two-footed jump onto the track.

"I would rather jump too highly than not highly enough," the 21-year-old said.

 

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