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Williams hit with KERS failure in garage

ESPN Staff
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Williams' preparations for the German Grand Prix have been hit by a KERS problem on Pastor Maldonado's car in the garage.

The incident happened on Saturday morning ahead of FP3, with the failure requiring a response from Williams, Force India and fire marshals. The KERS unit has since been quarantined outside the back of the Williams garage.

"At 08.30 this morning the Williams F1 Team suffered a KERS failure on Pastor Maldonado's car," a team statement read. "The car was in the garage at the time. The resulting smoke was contained quickly and efficiently by the team and circuit fire marshals. No personnel were injured.

"The team are currently investigating the cause of the failure, and assessing any further damage to Pastor's car."

A Williams spokesperson confirmed to ESPN that any damage to the car was minimal, with Maldonado's car ready to run with KERS from the start of FP3. The team does not expect the issue to have any impact on the rest of the race weekend.