French F1 driver Pierre Gasly suffered a bizarre stop in his second practice session of the Singapore Grand Prix as his AlphaTauri car’s roll-hoop went up in flames as he entered the garage. Thankfully the mechanics were quick to react and put out the fire even as Gasly got himself out of the car in some scary few moments.
However, Gasly later successfully completed the second practice session and clocked in a time of 1:45.179 to finish seventh. Whereas Pierre’s teammate, Yuki Tsunoda didn’t have a fruitful FP2 as it was cut short because of a fuel system issue.
The F1 Twitter account posted the clip of the incident with a caption saying, “A fiery moment for Pierre Gasly in the pit lane during FP2. The Frenchman escaped the cockpit and injury after his AlphaTauri car suddenly caught fire before the flames were extinguished.”
After the session, Gasly addressed the incident as he talked about how the engine got slightly hot which erupted into flames immediately after the engineers connected it to the fuel breather. He said, "It’s all part of the practice! Checking how strong the engine is in these hot conditions.
"It wasn’t ideal, it got slightly hot, and when we connected the fuel breather it caught fire, but we could switch it off and restart again. So, just a bit of a barbecue feeling, but it was nothing too bad in the end. It’s just a procedure, and in these conditions, it’s so warm – it’s nothing worrying or concerning for the rest of the weekend", Gasly added.