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Birthday boy Verstappen collapes in 35C heat

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Daniel Johnson

Published 01/10/2016 | 02:30

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen finished the afternoon session fifth despite earlier collapsing in the Malaysian heat due to dehydration. Picture: AP
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen finished the afternoon session fifth despite earlier collapsing in the Malaysian heat due to dehydration. Picture: AP

Max Verstappen became the latest driver to wilt in the heat of Malaysia, collapsing in the back of the garage after first practice yesterday.

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The 19-year-old was forced to celebrate his birthday in temperatures as high as 35C, which proved too much after the morning running.

Verstappen keeled over in the back of the Red Bull garage after becoming dehydrated in the sweltering heat.

But the Dutchman recovered in time for the second session, and his performance was evidently not affected. He finished the afternoon session fifth, three places ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

He said: "I can enjoy some birthday cake because it's so hot at Sepang I'll lose the kilos anyway."

Kevin Magnussen suffered from another sort of heat, when his car caught fire in the pit lane. Despite repeated attempts by mechanics to dampen the flames, the fire continued as fuel spewed out the top of his Renault. The Dane had to miss the entire first session but went out on track in the afternoon.

"We expected it to be hot in Sepang but maybe not as hot as that," Magnussen joked. "My crew were great dealing with the fire and getting the car back into action for the afternoon. I heard the call on the radio to jump out and I didn't need to be told twice." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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