Renault’s Kevin Magnussen caused a red flag stoppage during the First Free Practice session in Malaysia today as his car caught fire in the pit lane.
After just completing an installtion lap minutes into the session, Magnussen returned to the pitlane in which the car was smoking. Upon stopping flames appeared, coming out of the airbox which was the Renault driver escape quickly from the cockpit, with mechanics close by to extinguish the flames.
With fuel visibly coming out of a hole at the top of the engine cover, it kept catching fire and mechanics who were not dressed in fireproof overalls were helping put each fire out, dousing the car in carbon dioxide dust. Able to get a line into the car, they proceeded to take fuel out of the car, before wheeling in back into the garage.
Overall the red flag stoppage meant that teams lost 20 minutes of the session.