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Pit-lane fire drama in FP1, Magnussen made a regulation stop

Magnussen leaps to safety in pit lane fire drama

Magnussen leaps to safety in pit lane fire drama

Friday opening practice session at the Malaysia GP had to be red flagged following Kevin Magnussen’s Renault catches fire in the pit-lane.

The Dane made a regulation stop outside the team garage when flames took hold at the top of the fuel tank, and he was forced to hurriedly jump from the front of the car as team mechanics and track marshals tried to extinguish the fire.

But, fire continually reignited as fuel constantly pumped out of a rupture at the crest of the bodywork, behind the on-board camera, with new eruptions of flames lasting for several minutes.

After the team managed to drain the tank, the fire was finally brought under control and the session resumed after the 15-minute suspension.

Magnussen was unhurt, although one member of the Renault pit crew seemed to be suffering slightly from the effects of inhaling smoke.

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