Rubens Barrichello's Belgian Grand Prix engine has been given the all-clear to be used again, despite the oil leak and fire that nearly put him out of the race.
The Brawn GP driver had to slow in the final laps at Spa after oil smoke was seen coming from the back of his car. His team initially feared that the Mercedes-Benz power unit was about to fail, but the problem was put down to a simple oil leak. However, after the checkered flag, the oil leak manifested itself into a spectacular fire as he came into the pits.
That blaze was cause for concern for the team, but post-race analysis has shown the engine was undamaged – although the team will have to wait until next week's Italian Grand Prix to find out if Barrichello's gearbox escaped unscathed too.
Writing on his Twitter page on Friday, Barrichello confirmed: "The team told me that my engine is fine after the fire. The gearbox seems OK but only after Saturday practice we will know more."