Webber reckons KERS sparked fire

By on Sunday, October 6, 2013

Webber KoreaMark Webber believes that it was his KERS that caught fire following contact with Adrian Sutil during the Korean Grand Prix.

Sutil hit the back of Webber under braking for turn three and while the Force India driver was able to continue, Webber's RB9 caught fire.

"I don't know what happened, but obviously he hit me from the inside and that was that. There was quite a lot of damage at the back of the car and I hope it hasn't gone towards the chassis – we will have to see before the next race," he said.

"I think the KERS caught fire very quickly because the contact was very high. I think it was an immediate KERS fire."

"The fire got quite heavy quite quickly, so it was good that the guys [marshals] weren't too far away. I would've liked to get somewhere a bit closer to an extinguisher but I wanted to get out myself."

Webber was put into that position after sustaining a puncture when he drove through debris from Perez's failed tyre.

"Before that I was very happy with how I drove and we’d got back to a very good position before I got the puncture. After the Pirelli tyre failure on Perez’ car, I was very lucky to miss the tread of the tyre that came off and then unbelievably I managed to get a puncture from going through the debris."

"The drivers aren't super important - it is what other people want. Pirelli will put the puncture of Perez down to a lock-up but the reason the drivers are locking up is because there's no tread left," he added.

Renault say that they will investigate whether Webber's engine will be able to be used in next weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

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