Singapore F1 race: So hot, driver suffers burns on his bum

Singapore F1 race: So hot, driver suffers burns on his bum
The haze situation as seen from the stands as the crowd await the commencement of the Formula One race final. Insert: Kevin Magnussen speaking to reporters immediately after the race.

SINGAPORE - Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen needed medical attention for burns to his backside following Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix in which he finished 10th for McLaren.

In hot and humid conditions under floodlights at the south east Asian street circuit, he was one of many drivers to suffer from fatigue and dehydration - and in his case a burnt backside.

"That was tough, very tough. At least we got one point," he said.

"I don't know if something was wrong, but my seat was very hot, so we have to check what's going on. I couldn't even drink the water it was so hot.

"It's the hardest-earned point I've ever had, but it's better than nothing." McLaren racing director Eric Boullier said the race was a physical ordeal for Magnussen, 21, who was fighting problems with his car's extreme tyre wear.

"To add injury to insult, he was then subjected to severe bodily discomfort," he explained.

"As his car's cockpit began to overheat, it necessitated him holding his arms aloft, first one then the other, in an effort to direct cooling air down his sleeves and inside his race-suit, which was an unusually painful complication for him."

McLaren team-mate Jenson Button, the 2009 champion, was forced to retire in the closing laps with a mechanical failure after starting 11th and running seventh with six laps to go.

Hamilton relieved to win after Singapore scares

Lewis Hamilton moved to the top of the Formula One standings with victory in Singapore on Sunday, yet the Briton was more relieved than delighted after his team mate suffered mechanical issues and the safety car was deployed midway through the race.

Hamilton had arrived in Southeast Asia 22 points behind fellow Mercedes drive Nico Rosberg but after squeaking pole position in qualifying, Hamilton made the most of the German's misfortune to forge a three-point lead by the end of the day.

Rosberg found himself stuck on the front row of the starting line when his steering wheel failed, eventually beginning the race from the pitlane, and when he retired after mechanics failed to solve the issue, Hamilton had a clear path to victory.

"Obviously yesterday in qualifying it was close between everyone so I didn't really know what to expect today but I got off cleanly," Hamilton, who recorded his seventh victory of the season, told reporters after beating the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo to the line.

"It would have been a far more hardcore race had Nico been with me as the car was feeling very good and we would have been strong. Later on in the race, I was a little bit unaware of what I needed to do."

Hamilton got away cleanly and appeared well on course for an easy victory until a seven-lap safety car period midway through the race altered the strategies of the three cars behind him, with all of them opting to run to the finish on the same tyres.

The Briton had yet to use both types of tyre - a mandatory requirement for every race - so needed to forge a big a lead as possible to give himself a comfortable advantage ahead of his final pitstop.

"The second-to-last stint, I extended my lead as long as I could and the team said 'we need 27 seconds'. I needed six seconds more at that point and my tyres were dropping off so I didn't really understand why," he added.

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