Williams confirms one team member still in hospital

Williams has confirmed that one team member remains in hospital in Barcelona after suffering burns yesterday’s fire, adding that he is in good spirits.

Meanwhile the team has again thanked the paddock community for its support.

A statement today said: Following yesterday’s fire which occurred in the team’s garage after the Spanish Grand Prix, Williams F1 can confirm that a further two team members have now been released from hospital and have returned home having received treatment for smoke inhalation.

One member of the team remains in hospital in Spain having suffered burns in the incident. He is stable and will return to the UK within the next 48 hours to receive further medical care. His family are in constant communication and he is in good spirits. 

Investigations into the cause of the fire are on-going in collaboration with the FIA and local authorities.

The team would like to thank everyone for their good wishes and support over the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile Sir Frank Williams admitted he was overwhelmed by the support the team has received.

“I was pleased to welcome back to the factory the majority of our team this morning,” said Sir Frank. “One of our people remains in Spain for further medical assistance, but we are all looking forward to his imminent return.

“Everyone at Williams F1 is extremely relieved that this event was contained as quickly as it was and the damage which occurred was, relatively speaking, limited in its nature.

“While the incident was unexpected and definitely most undesirable, it has demonstrated the genuine cohesiveness, camaraderie and spirit of co-operation that exists within the Formula One paddock. The astonishing response from the teams and other paddock personnel was immediate, unconditional and overwhelming.”

 

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8 responses to “Williams confirms one team member still in hospital

  1. Jeevan balan Manoj

    Good one. Hope the other Williams personal will get well soon

  2. Hi Adam, long time fan of your writing here. Just wondered, after the fire yesterday, is the pitlane sufficiently aware of the hazards involved with burning carbon fibre? Have a look at this thread for more comments: http://www.pprune.org/military-aircrew/485346-williams-garage-fire.html

    Keep up the good work on this blog and twitter!

    All the best,

    Dan

    P.S. Do you know anyone in F1 looking for a low hours commercial pilot at the moment? 🙂

    • Sorry no ideas on a job for you!

    • Stone the crows

      It wasn’t clear to me by the pictures that the car was burned all that badly, carbon fiber is a very serious hazard when inhaled, either if it is being worked on for a repair or in this case perhaps burned. I suspect the greater hazard to those involved was the toxic nature burning thermoplastics and other types. But we shall see.

      • Don’t think car was burned at all, people got wrong idea as the guys were in the middle of stripping it. But there is a lot of carbon around the garage as well as other materials. Things like the plastic partitions seemed to burn or melt pretty easily

  3. Good to hear there are no serious injuries and I hope all the individuals get well soon. As I understand the FIA are now investigating in the incident, could Williams could face any penalties? Hope not

  4. Stone the Crows

    Thanks Adam, thats what it looked like to me too, (that the car was stripped but not burned) but one can never tell. For the sake of all involved I hope none of the carbon-fibre components were involved. Smoke inhalation is bad enough as it is. Losing key equipment this close to Monaco is quite a set back, but if anyone knows how to recover from adversity its Williams.

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