The McLaren rookie is treated for de­hy­dra­tion and heat in­juries fol­low­ing the fail­ure of a ra­di­a­tor seal on his MP4-29

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Sel­dom has a sin­gle world cham­pi­onship point been so hard-earned. Kevin Mag­nussen re­quired med­i­cal at­ten­tion for de­hy­dra­tion and mi­nor burns after nish­ing tenth at the Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix, high­light­ing the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of the present gen­er­a­tion of driv­ers, who must main­tain min­i­mal body weight to be as com­pet­i­tive as pos­si­ble.

Sin­ga­pore is one of the most phys­i­cally de­mand­ing grands prix of the year for driv­ers on ac­count of its length – the race reg­u­larly runs to the two-hour limit – the bumpi­ness of the track, and the hot and hu­mid con­di­tions. De­hy­dra­tion is one of the great­est threats since it magnies fa­tigue, which in turn leads to mis­takes.

In Mag­nussen’s case the am­bi­ent heat was ex­ac­er­bated by a bro­ken ra­di­a­tor seal, pos­si­bly a con­se­quence of run­ning over the kerbs at Turn 7 in the early laps, which led to a brief in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the stew­ards for ex­ceed­ing track lim­its. The bro­ken seal caused hot air to be vented into the cock­pit area, heat­ing up his seat and drinks bot­tle. The con­tents of the bot­tle quickly be­came too hot to drink – he com­plained over the ra­dio that it was burn­ing his mouth – and, over the clos­ing laps, Mag­nussen had to raise his arms out of the cock­pit to di­rect out­side air ow down his sleeves and on to his back.

Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat was also suf­fer­ing from de­hy­dra­tion, and be­gan ra­dio­ing the team two thirds into the race to say, “Oh guys, it’s re­ally bad. I need to stop. It is a dis­as­ter.” Then, with just one lap to go, he pleaded with them: “I can’t drive any more.”

After the nish, Mag­nussen’s trainer, Antti Vierula, treated his back with an iced towel while the team lo­cated a doc­tor. F1 Rac­ing later saw them leav­ing McLaren’s hos­pi­tal­ity unit on foot, with Mag­nussen look­ing pale and drawn.

“It was hot. Re­ally tough,” he said. “I never ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing like this in rac­ing. I couldn’t drink wa­ter, and the seat was very hot. I still feel de­hy­drated. I lost a lot of wa­ter.”

But with ad­mirable sto­icism, he later Tweeted that re­ports of his burns “were ex­ag­ger­ated” – and – “I was just hot and sweaty.”

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