F1 » Williams pick up the pieces after garage fire

The Williams F1 team were left picking through the wreckage of their pit lane garage after the flash fire that engulfed it after the end of the Spanish Grand Prix.

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Dee - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 3:03 PM

Wow. Talk about a roller-coaster of emotion. Their first win in 8 years, then a flash fire and a mad scramble to get everyone out of the garage, and finally the relief that no one was seriously injured. After all this, do you raise your glass in celebration or in relief?

cknopp - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 4:09 PM

The fact that other teams are offering to loan tools and equipment shows a level of camaraderie that i had thought vanished with the sport long ago. Hats off to Williams, and also to the teams that have offered assistance after this terrible accident.

Maybe F1 isn't always about money...

Jordan - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 5:23 PM

@JDPower I doubt either of them will be. Stewart was only ever vocal when people were being killed at near enough every other race meeting for no other reason other than the lack of common sense when safety was concerned. This was a freak accident, nothing could have warned of it. It was just a malfunction of the fuel extraction system/KERS glitch.

Cosmo Smallpiece - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 5:46 PM

re JDPower Hey jd power ! don't be so quick to denegrade Jackie Stewart and Niki Lauda. Stewart won the 1968 German G.P. on the 14 mile Nurburgring by over 4 minutes in fog and rain in conditions today's little toy boys F1 drivers wouldn't venture outside their luxury motor homes in and Lauda was almost burned to death on the same track imn 1976 but was back racing 6 weeks later , stewarts bravery at standing up for safety has made F1 drivers lot much easier today. He was the class of his generation and is still highly respected by those of us who were so fortunate to actually see him racing

Guitarman - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 6:04 PM

Nobody can have anything but total admiration for what Stewart achieved at the Nurburgring. What a lot of people have an issue with is the part that he played in denying others the opportunity to emulate, or surpass, that feat.

i think the old spirit of comradery is still alive and well between the competing teams...
but when it comes to the administrators of the sport its a whole different board game.

i just hope for williams sake that replacing equipment, tooling etc. doesn't eat into their development budget and leave them short of funds to develop what appears to be fundamentally a quick car.

cknopp - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 6:36 PM

Who thinks that Mike Coughlan spent the last few years drawing f1 cars before coming back into the sport?

One man does not make a team, but reading about some of the fundamental changes Williams has made tells me that he has made a huge impact.

That and the reports that he crawled through the fire looking for personnel says an awful lot more about him as a man than a 700 page book found in his possession.

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