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Drain cover blow-out prompts F1 track safety check at Malaysia GP

Saturday, 30 September 2017 :  Formula One officials launched an inspection of every drain cover at the Sepang circuit Friday after Romain Grosjean suffered a frightening tyre explosion during Malaysian Grand Prix practice. A drain grille, which should have been welded down securely, popped up at a kerb on turn nine after Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari drove over it. A few seconds later Grosjean hit the same spot at more than 200 kilometres (124 miles) an hour, with disastrous effect. The impact instantly ripped his right rear tyre from its rim and threw his Haas into the barriers. Happily Grosjean was able to walk away, and declared "I'm all right" as the second practice session was red-flagged with 20 minutes remaining with a gaping hole left in the track. "I've just seen the footage. I didn't see anything," Grosjean told reporters. "The next

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