Magnussen treated for burns after Formula One race in Singapore
The Singapore Grand Prix lived up to its reputation as the most physically demanding on the Formula One calendar, with McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat able to swap war stories after Sunday’s race about who had it toughest.
Magnussen required post-race attention from the team doctor for burns on his lower back and a scalded mouth as the car cockpit overheated, giving a literal meaning to the term "hot seat" and boiling his water supply.
Kvyat, one of only two drivers experiencing F1 in hot and humid Singapore for the first time, had a malfunction in his water supply that prevented him having even a sip to drink throughout two hours when drivers routinely lose around four kilograms (nine pounds) through sweating.
Magnussen could be seen during the race raising his arms into the air — not a signal designed to skirt the new ban on pit-car radio communication but instead an effort to direct air up the sleeves of his race suit.
"Without that, we could have done better than 10th, but at least we got that one point. It’s better than nothing," Magnussen said. "It was the hardest point I’ve ever earned."
Toro Rosso was busy after the race celebrating the strong showing of Jean-Eric Vergne, who finished in a career-best sixth place but still spared a thought for 20-year-old Russian Kvyat.
"Daniil was particularly unlucky as he had a drinks bottle problem right from the start, so it was a physically very difficult race for him, as he was unable to drink and was getting dehydrated from quite early on," chief race engineer Phil Charles said. "We’re sorry for him that we had that kind of problem, as it compromised his race."
Kvyat went home empty handed, finishing 14th, nine seconds behind Magnussen in the last points position.