A Mercedes engine dyno caught fire in its Brixworth headquarters

The Mercedes Formula 1 engine programme was lucky not to suffer a significant delay to its 2014 schedule after one of its engine dynos caught fire on Monday night.

The Northamptonshire fire department confirmed that it had been called to Mercedes’ Brixworth headquarters just before 10pm, where the fire was quickly extinguished.

A Mercedes spokesperson played down the incident, saying that it was standard policy for the fire department to be called for any incident of a similar nature.

They also confirmed that the fire was caused by an oil leak in an V6 engine’s turbo unit, but that it hadn’t damaged the dyno itself.

Mercedes – along with Ferrari and Renault – is working frantically to finalise the development of its 2014 V6 power units, which will have their maiden F1 test at Jerez in January.

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