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One Williams team member still in hospital with burns after pit fire

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One Williams team member still in hospital with burns after pit fire
May 14, 2012, 5:51 PM

Williams F1 Team has released a further bulletin on their staff members who were injured in yesterday's pit garage fire after the team won the Span...

Williams F1 Team has released a further bulletin on their staff members who were injured in yesterday's pit garage fire after the team won the Spanish Grand Prix.

"Following yesterday’s fire which occurred in the team’s garage after the Spanish Grand Prix, Williams F1 can confirm that a further two team members have now been released from hospital and have returned home having received treatment for smoke inhalation.

"One member of the team remains in hospital in Spain having suffered burns in the incident. He is stable and will return to the UK within the next 48 hours to receive further medical care. His family are in constant communication and he is in good spirits.

"Investigations into the cause of the fire are on-going in collaboration with the FIA and local authorities."

The team member with burns is believed to be the person who was emptying the fuel bowsers when the fire broke out.

Mark Gillan, who is in charge of race operations at Williams, said that most of the equipment in the garage at the time has been lost, including computer hardware, telemetry and pit equipment.

This will affect their preparations for the Monaco Grand Prix, where they may not have the full range of parts and equipment they might have expected to have, but Gillan is confident that this will not affect performance.

Three senior members of the McLaren team, who have worked at Williams; Paddy Lowe (technical director), Neil Oatley (director of design and development) and Sam Michael (sporting director) have offered to loan Williams equipment and anything else they need to get back on track.

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