Track crew lifts the car of Haas driver Romain Grosjean of France after it crashed out on Turn 14 during the second practice for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Thomas Lam)
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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 kilometers (124 miles) an hour, with disastrous effect.Race director Charlie Whiting said that the cover had been welded down but had broken loose and would be replaced.Asked if that meant his crew now had to inspect and repair every drain cover on the 5.543-kilometer layout, Whiting said: "Yes.
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