Unburnt fuel causes Sauber fire
12 October 2013 – Sauber has confirmed that unburnt fuel was the cause of a brief fire on Esteban Gutiérrez's car during the opening phase of qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix.
The Mexican was forced to jump out of his C32 when the fire erupted, with mechanics working quickly to put out the flames. Although it made for a dramatic scene, no lasting damage was suffered, and he progressed to secure 14th on the grid.
"We had a fire during Q1 from some unburnt fuel, but there was no damage to the car," said Tom McCullough, Sauber's Head of Track Engineering, after qualifying.
Sauber has also been handed a fine of 20,000 euros (16,971 pounds) after the stewards adjudged the team to have supplied Nico Hülkenberg with incorrect information prior to him impeding Marussia's Max Chilton during final practice.