F1 star Kovalainen tackles car fire

Finnish F1 driver Heikki Kovalainen can always consider becoming a fireman if his fire fighting skills at the Singapore Grand Prix are anything to go by.

Kovalainen was on his second to last lap when his Lotus caught fire.

The driver chose to pull up on the start-finish straight rather than risk taking the burning car into the pits.

He was then handed a fire extinguisher and put out the flames himself.

Kovalainen said: "That was not quite how I thought my race would end.

"Until the fire I was having a really strong run, and the car had felt good throughout. We were looking good for 15th, but then I had a coming-together with (Toro Rosso's Sebastien) Buemi towards the end of the race.

"I spun the car to get back onto the track, which I think cracked the fuel tank pressure release valve and it looks like that caused an airbox fire.

"I didn't want to come into the pits as it definitely wasn't safe enough to do so, and pulled over on the main straight. A couple of guys from Williams gave me an extinguisher, so I put the fire out on my own.

"I've told (team owner) Tony (Fernandes) and (chief technical officer) Mike (Gascoyne) that they maybe need to pay me more as I'm now a fireman as well."

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