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How KERS Helped Lewis Hamilton’s Spectacular Late Charge in Monza

Lewis Hamilton painted a glum picture in his post-race interview with BBC Sport after the Italian Grand Prix, describing his ninth-place finish as the result of “a disaster of a weekend.” While Hamilton was clearly a disappointed man and also said he “drove like an idiot” in qualifying, his overtaking moves during the race were a delight to behold as he carved his way through the field after an early puncture forced an unscheduled stop. Hamilton surged past Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen and both McLarens in the final laps of Formula One’s fastest circuit, using his KERS power-boost system to good effect. But what is KERS exactly and how did it benefit the Mercedes man? KERS stands for Kinetic Energy Recovery Sys...

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