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Aston Martin

Krack predicts F1 'air conditioning' after Alonso burning seat drama

Excessive heat created a number of issues at the Qatar Grand Prix.

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Aston Martin Team Principal Mike Krack believes F1 is "not far from air conditioning" after excessive heat caused issues at the Qatar Grand Prix.

The race was marred by a number of concerns across the grid, with Willaims' Logan Sargeant retiring from the race, Esteban Ocon vomiting at the wheel of his Alpine and Lance Stroll just one of a few to reveal they almost passed out mid-race.

Fernando Alonso had a complaint of a different kind as he picked up points, radioing his Aston Martin team to ask for water to be poured into his cockpit during a pit stop as he suffered from a 'burning seat'.

"We are working on it, Fernando has reported it already a couple of times," Krack explained when speaking to media including RacingNews365.com.

"It is not that we have not done anything because it also happened in Singapore, which we thought was much better, but obviously here we had another set of extreme conditions.

"I don't think we are far from air conditioning."

Cockpit struggles explaine

The issues for drivers were caused by cockpit temperatures that far surpassed the 32-degree Celsius ambient temperatures at the Lusail International Circuit.

Detailing why the temperatures skyrocket for the drivers, Krack said: "You have hydraulic lines, the ECU is around you.

"They are all heating up and you try to isolate the seat from it but also, you do not want to have any kind of active cooling because it is just weight."

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