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Renault evaluate the fire damage on Nick Heidfeld's car // A closer look at the blaze and steps to stop it happening again

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The big incident from the Hungarian Grand Prix at the weekend was not necessarily Jenson Button’s win, but rather Nick Heidfeld’s car catching fire, forcing the German to make a hasty exit from the blazing chassis.

It’s the second time Heidfeld’s car has burst into flames this year, and the team are keen that it doesn’t happen a third time. Technical Director James Allison has said: “The incident was highly undesirable, as it has caused us to write off a chassis. We will take steps prior to the next race to reduce the likelihood of a further fire and to ensure that the air bottle cannot overheat.”

The team have found the fire to be caused by a number of factors - they believe the car ran a higher engine map in qualifying which produced hotter gases and cracked the exhaust pipe. During the race, Heidfeld’s pit stop was longer than normal, raising temperatures and starting the fire. He rejoined the track hoping it would blow itself out, but instead it got worse.

Allison also added that they are talking with the FIA to make sure the incident does not happen again.