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Pit fires and praise for Hamilton

Written by: Neil

We said it'd be hot in Malaysia, but we didn't expect it to be quite this hot! Kevin Magnussen proved us correct during second practice for this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix, when he drove his Renault into the pits and the fuel tank promptly set ablaze.

Quickly jumping out of the car to avoid the flames, Magnussen and his team of mechanics were able to put out the fire, which was caused by a leaking fuel breather pipe.

Fortunately, Magnussen was fine following the blaze and the team were even able to repair the car and get him out again to take part in the end of free practice.

The incident came as part of an eventful warm-up to what promises to be a thrilling race on Sunday, with Lewis Hamilton topping the lap charts in the session, followed closely by teammate Nico Rosberg.

Both drivers will be out to prove their title credentials on what is one the calendar's toughest circuits, so expect some tense and heated battles in the next few days – hopefully nothing quite as fiery as Magnussen's Renault though!

 

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