McLaren's Kevin Magnussen plays down back burns he suffered in Singapore GP
Doctor treats Dane - who insists he was merely "hot and sweaty"
By Mike Wise in Singapore
Last Updated: 22/09/14 12:26pm
Kevin Magnussen has played down the back burns he suffered when the seat in his McLaren overheated during the Singapore Grand Prix.
The Dane was treated by a doctor after the race, in which he finished tenth. However, he later took to Twitter, joking that he had simply felt “hot and sweaty”.
Magnussen could be seen stretching his arms in the air - trying to direct cooler air to the cockpit - when the Safety Car came out midway through the race at the Marina Bay Circuit.
The 21-year-old could also be heard on the radio complaining that his car’s drink supply was scalding his mouth.
Although a night race, the Singapore GP is just about the toughest of the season for drivers. Sunday’s reached the two-hour limit and drivers can lose up to 3kg of fluids.
“It was tough, very tough,” Magnussen told Sky Sports F1 afterwards. “Especially with the seat being that hot it was very bad. But we made it through and got a point.
“It’s the hardest-earned point I’ve ever had.”
“He was okay when he got out of the car but you could see he gave it his all,” McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier added.
“It was strange, I don’t know why. We are investigating what went wrong.”