A shocking and unprecedented fire in the rear of Kevin Magnussen’s Renault has left the Enstone team with a big clean up job. After returning from his installation lap, the Dane’s car suddenly started smoking with flames coming from under the engine cover.
The incident occurred just minutes after the start of FP1. As Magnussen was rushed away the car was engulfed in the white foam from extinguishers in an attempt to contain the blaze. When the foam cleared the car was leaking a fluid, presumably fuel, from the top of the chassis. Subsequently, the car began reigniting itself and caused a lengthy delay which necessitated a red flag. As of yet there are no reported injuries from the incident.
Renault Sport saw the funny side of the situation and put out the following tweet during the whole debacle.
— Renault Sport F1 (@RenaultSportF1) September 30, 2016
The fire has also raised considerable questions about the Halo. Formula One’s new prototype safety device is soon to be implemented in an effort to help driver head protection.
However, it’s a fact that this device does hinder the drivers ability to exit the car quickly. Given this particular fire happened when Magnussen was still in the car, many have questioned if the Halo would have allowed him to still evacuate the car quickly and safely.
— Steven Coverley (@imaginister) September 30, 2016
— Jack Fairclough (@jfairclough90) September 30, 2016
— Michele Terminello (@TermiOnTrack) September 30, 2016
There has been no official word as of yet when Kevin Magnussen will be next out on track but it’s thought it won’t be to Saturday.