Extreme physical demands of Singapore take their toll on drivers

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The Singapore Grand Prix is one of the most physically demanding on the calendar. Lasting two hours at the hottest time of the year, it is not a race for the faint hearted, and unsurprisingly a number of drivers were left parched following the race today.

Kevin Magnussen and Daniil Kvyat were the only two drivers not to have raced in Singapore before, and both soon learned just how tough the conditions are.

Magnussen battled through to finish 10th and score a point, but he was severely dehydrated after the race as his water bottle had become too hot, preventing him from drinking.

“It was a very, very tough grand prix,” the Dane said. “During the race, I don’t know if there was something wrong with the car, but my seat started getting very hot, which made things extremely uncomfortable for me.

“Without that, I think we could have done better than 10th, but at least we got that one point. It’s better than nothing.

“It was the hardest point I’ve ever earned.”

Rookie driver Daniil Kvyat also struggled in the extreme heat when his water bottle also became overheated, crying over the radio: “Oh my God. Without the drink, I’m dying here!” Despite requesting to retire, the Russian youngster battled on to finish the race down in 14th position.

“It was a very tough race today in which I had to fight more with myself than with the cars around me,” Kvyat said. “The car was quite difficult to drive and it was sliding a lot. It was also hard work to take care of the tires.

“Unfortunately I also had a problem with my drink system, so I was without water for the whole race, which definitely made it a much tougher race. I think points could have been possible, so well done to JEV, who did a great job today!” Vergne came home in sixth place for Toro Rosso.

Sebastian Vettel said on the podium that he was relieved for the cool champagne, but he reportedly had to cancel some of his post-race engagements as he was feeling nauseous due to the humidity.

Fernando Alonso finished the race in fourth place for Ferrari, and tweeted a picture of his feet after two hours in the “car/sauna”.

At the front, Lewis Hamilton managed to keep his cool to win the Singapore Grand Prix for the second time and regain the lead of the drivers’ championship.