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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.
After the euphoria of winning the Spanish Grand Prix, followed by the panic of the fire that ripped through their pit lane garage area and then the relief that no one was critically hurt in the conflagration, Williams now have to pull themselves together and begin the task of rebuilding for the Monaco Grand Prix in ten days' time.

"Everything in our garage is totally destroyed," Williams team manager Dickie Stanford told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport publication. "Now I have to ensure that we have everything we need for Monte Carlo."

Post-fire photographs of the smoke-blackened area show the forlorn F1 monocoque used just hours earlier by Bruno Senna at the Circuit de Catalunya all on its own up on a stand in the middle of a stripped-out garage.

The monocoque itself looks very much worse for wear, although that could just be smoke damage and the unit itself might still conceivably be fundamentally sound and reusable. The team will transport it back to their factory at Grove and check it for any heat-related micro-fractures before deciding whether it is salvageable.

In any case, it's likely that the team already have spare chassis being prepared back at their headquarters just in case of race damage, which is just one of the facts of life in F1.

The same is not so true for the garage equipment which is expected to be safe and sound for the whole season in pit lane, including computer and IT equipment, various mechanical spare parts - and the refuelling rig, which is believed to have been at the heart of the flash fire on Sunday.

Williams' chief operations engineer Dr Mark Gillan has said that he was confident the team will be able to take part in the Monaco Grand Prix on May 27, although he conceded that the team might be lacking "a few of the extras" as they don't carry a full set of spares for every single piece of equipment used at a Grand Prix weekend.

He would be looking at the situation and taking stock over the next couple of days, he added.

The team has also received offers of loans of key equipment from its competitors in the F1 paddock, in the same impressive show of spirit that also saw team members from up and down pit lane grab fire extinguishers and sprint down to the Williams garage to help fight the fire when it broke out.

"The Williams F1 Team would like to thank all of the teams and the FIA for their support in today's incident," the team said last night in a formal statement regarding the fire.





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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...

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



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