After the horrible fire that totally destroyed the Williams garage in Catalunya on Sunday, just 90 minutes after Pastor Maldonado had secured the team´s their first win in eight years, the final team member has returned to the UK.
A total of 31 people were treated for a variety of injuries, ranging from small bruises and cuts, to more serious issues. The person who sustained the worst of the injuries, was 50-year old Martin Betts. He was treated at the Vall d´Hebron hospital in Spain for serious burns to about 15 percent of his body, but has returned to the UK today to receive further treatment, the team said Wednesday.
“I would like to reiterate our thanks to everyone in the paddock who helped the Williams team on Sunday to control the fire,” Mark Gillan, the chief operations engineer of Williams, said. “There were a number of people who attended the circuit medical centre, mostly as the result of smoke inhalation. 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.”
Police and local authorities have launched a full investigation as to what happened in the Williams garage, but the fire doesn´t damper the spirit and excitement of a win for the team and the prospect of another strong weekend in Monaco, in a week and a half from now.
“The extent of the damage is still being accessed and will not become fully clear until both the cars and equipment have returned to the factory,” Gillan added. “What is clear is that our garage IT equipment and infrastructure have been badly damaged.”
McLaren made a statement, saying that they have offered to assist Williams, by lending the team some vital equipment, which was lost in the fire. Other teams have said that they will also help the team, if needed.