Williams chief operations engineer Mark Gillan has praised the team and its supplier for a 'Herculean effort' to help prepare for the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend.
The team was left to deal with the loss of valuable equipment in the fire that broke out in its garage after the Spanish Grand Prix, with rival teams quick to offer assistance.
Speaking in Williams' preview for the latest round of the season, Gillan took time to thank those teams for the offer of help and praised the efforts that had gone into ensuring the team is ready for the Monaco weekend.
“The team's preparations for Monaco have been somewhat hampered by last Sunday's garage fire, but the impact of the fire has been mitigated by what can only be described as a Herculean effort by the factory and our suppliers to restock both the damaged equipment and car parts,” he said. “We would also like to thank the generous offers of help from the other teams, highlighting once more the excellent sportsmanship that exists in Formula One and high levels of comradery throughout the pit lane.”
Williams go into the weekend on the back of Pastor Maldonado's victory last time out in Spain, with the Venezuelan securing the first Williams win for some eight years at Catalunya.
With Maldonado and team-mate Bruno Senna having both run well in Monaco in junior formulae, Gillan said the team was hopeful of another strong weekend as it seeks to build on the Spanish success.
“The 78 lap race on the demanding 3.34km long partially resurfaced Monaco circuit is unique and is undoubtedly one of the most stringent tests of the season for both driver and team alike, with little to no margin for error,” he said. “On the back of Pastor's excellent win in Barcelona both drivers are eager to get back on track, aiming to bring both cars home in the points on Sunday afternoon.
“This is the first race this year where both the soft and super-soft tyres will be available and the latest forecast predicts a dry weekend. As always in Monaco qualifying will be critical, as will race strategy to ensure that track position is maintained, but with further upgrades coming to this event we are hopeful that we can continue to make decent progress and look forward to a good weekend.”