Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly’s AT03 race car burst into flames during the Singapore Grand Prix with the 26-year-old driver still inside.
He described the scenes as “a bit of a barbecue feeling”.
Gasly’s race car was being rolled back into the garage during one of his practice sessions, when it inexplicably burst into flames with him still inside.
He hurriedly jumped out of the car and emerged unhurt, as the AlphaTauri team rushed to put out the fire with the help from the rival Aston Martin team’s mechanic with an extinguisher.
He then went on to complete his practice race.
Gasly spoke to the media after the practise run, saying that the car had gotten slightly hot when connecting with the fuel breather, and it could fire, but they managed to switch it off and restart again.
He added that it was of no concern as it happened due to Singapore’s warm weather conditions, and said that there was nothing worrying or concerning for the rest of the weekend.
He also expressed his excitement at being back in the Singapore Grand Prix after it had been cancelled since 2019 due tot he pandemic.