McLaren offers to help Williams in Monaco
15 May 2012 – McLaren is prepared to do all it can to help Williams enjoy a normal Grand Prix weekend in Monaco. In Barcelona on Sunday, the winning Grove-based team lost thousands of pounds worth of equipment when its garage suffered a large fire.
Although 31 people were injured in total and one male Williams mechanic remains in a Spanish hospital, nobody suffered seriously in the frightening incident; while the flames were doused in around three minutes, thick plumes of smoke continued to rise in the skies above the Circuit de Catalunya for some time afterwards.
According to Reuters, a spokesman for McLaren has said the team is ‘ready to lend a hand in replacing whatever damaged equipment Williams might need to go racing in Monaco next week.’
There is now a break of a fortnight between the Barcelona and Monte Carlo events in order for more relaxed, but still tightly constrained, logistical efforts. In previous years, the F1 fraternity had been required to transport all equipment between the Spanish and Monegasque venues between the evenings of Sunday and Wednesday.