Final Williams member returns to UK
16 May 2012 – All members of the Williams team are now safely back at home in the United Kingdom. Following the frightening garage fire after the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday evening, several had remained under observation in local hospitals.
On Monday night it was confirmed by the team that all staff bar one were still in Spain, but that the remaining mechanic would be dispatched within 48 hours. The member in question has now been able to return to England.
“There were a number of people who attended the circuit medical centre, mostly as the result of smoke inhalation,” explains Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer for Williams. “One team member remains in hospital having suffered burns, but he is in a stable condition and in good spirits and has returned to England today for further medical care.”
Although the Circuit de Catalunya has confirmed to GPUpdate.net that the garage has already been returned to its normal state, Williams continues to investigate the cause of the blaze with Spanish authorities and Formula 1 governing body the FIA. The chaotic situation began when petrol canisters exploded at the back of the room.
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