Heikki tackles 150mph bonfire: in pics

Well, that was a weird end to the Singapore grand prix. While Alonso and Vettel scrapped over the last few laps, and Webber held on by the threads of his (rapidly disintegrating) tyres, Heikki Kovalainen became a 150mph bonfire.

After a nudge from a Toro Rosso, Heikki’s fuel system went into meltdown, at first spitting flames, then spewing them into the night sky like a rocket. With the blaze in his mirrors, you’d forgive the Finn for pulling over immediately and legging it.

But as he passed the pitlane, he chose not to enter. Too many people down there, he reckoned. If his car exploded, he’d wipe out a whole population of mechanics and engineers and quite possibly some pretty grid girls, too.

While some commentators yelled abuse – “he thinks he can continue, idiot!” – the Finn went searching for a fire marshal, risking a burnt bum in the process. Once off the racing line, he stopped, was passed an extinguisher and took care of the inferno all by himself.

Who says modern F1 drivers don’t have balls?

Thank heavens it didn’t happen a few weeks ago in Germany, where I was in charge of Lotus extinguishment. You can read my blogs here, and get the full story about life on the pit crew in the latest issue of TopGear magazine, on sale now.

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There will be cars on fire at the Top Gear festival. Top Gear is going on a tour. You should check out this link:topgearfestival.ie there are videos of subarus on fire I think they are wrx.

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That man’s got boulders between his legs. Respect.

Although, when he kept on going after the pit entry, i thought to myself, Hmmm jeremy mentioned the “burning touring car championship” heikki might have taken that idea too far…

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much respect,heikki,way to keep your cool glad yuor ok

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you did a brave thing.. RESPECT.

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He handled this perfectly. Very few drivers, if any would risk their own skin save their car and protect their colleagues and fellow drivers as Heikki did.

Amazing!

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I’ll give a credit for Heikki on this one aswell. Many other drivers would have stopped on pits, but as if he knew that the fuel injection did get manifold on it, then I can only say that damn good job. As all we know the nozzles which injects the gas makes it “vaporised” which makes it extremily flameable. By Heikki’s act I can belive that he really saved many ppl in the pit’s of not taking a risk (even a slightest chance of it). But most of the credit goes of risking his own ass by continuing the driving trought the pits and knowing that the vaporized gas can make it to be huge fireball.

As an Fin myself I need to say that I’m proud of it, but still sorry that many persons from finland wouldnt think of this on the same way.

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a bonfire was about the best that car was worthy of :-)
still quick thinking Heiki, & shame on the steward who thought of penalising him for stopping on the track not the pits….!!!!

Anyone still remember the ignited colours of Benetton?

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UGG & JIMMY CHOO. On thehigh boot if<

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Thank you amazing blog, do you have twitter, facebook or something similar where i can follow your blog

Sandro Heckler

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Some simply bought another book and accepted that there was nothing they could do about the situation.
Spring ball isn’t the best way to start his 2nd year in San Fran.

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