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Singapore Grand Prix 2022

Gasly: Singapore FP2 pitlane fire 'nothing concerning'

Pierre Gasly's car briefly caught fire in the Singapore pitlane, but he is not concerned.

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Pierre Gasly says his AlphaTauri Formula 1 car briefly bursting into flames in the Singapore Grand Prix pitlane is "nothing concerning."

The Frenchman driver returning back to the pits after a run in the second practice session under the lights at Marina Bay, and was preparing to be wheeled back into his garage by his team when the car burst into flames near the rollover hoop.

Gasly was quick to escape the car, with flames quickly extinguished and even returned to the track despite battle-scars on the AlphaTauri.

Speaking to media, and when asked by RacingNews365.com about the incident, Gasly revealed the cause was with the fuel breather put on the car as he was being turned around.

"It kind of got a bit hot but no nothing worrying," the 2020 Italian Grand Prix winner explained.

"The fuel breather was connected and something went wrong because in these conditions, it is slightly different than usual, and in the end, it just burnt some paint.

"It wasn't anything [serious] so I managed to get out of the car from the moment I saw it.

"[When] I got out, I think I told my mechanics: 'I don't think I've got out as fast as today'.

"It was just to be safe and it is nothing concerning for the rest of the weekend.

"I saw [it happen] in the mirrors, and understood with the expressions on the faces of the mechanics something was going on and [that] it was better to get out."

Gasly finished FP2 14th and was ninth in the FP1, but still was not comfortable in the car with the bumps and kerbs of the Marina Bay circuit

"It was a lot bumpier than previous years on our side so I must say I feel it was pretty bad in terms of ride.

"I don't know if it was the same for all drivers but from what I recall, it was definitely bumpy but a lot less than with these cars.

"I don't use [kerbs] but I don't think it is so much tyre related.

"I think it's more like the way all year long, we haven't been able to ride the kerb as much as before due to the cars being very, very stiff everywhere and clearly on a track like Singapore, it makes quite a big difference."

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