Williams ready for Monaco after pit fire drama in Spain

By Andrew BensonChief F1 writer
Williams pit fire
Williams pit fire

Williams will be ready for Monaco despite the disruption caused by a pit fire at the last race in Spain.

One mechanic is still in hospital being treated for burns after the fire following Pastor Maldonado's win for the team on 13 May.

Williams pit fire, Spain
One Williams team member is still recovering in hospital after the pit fire at the last race in Spain

Williams chief engineer Mark Gillan said preparations had been "hampered".

But he said the fire's impact had been "mitigated by a Herculean effort by the factory and suppliers to restock both the damaged equipment and car parts".

Gillan also said Williams wanted to thank rival teams, among them McLaren, for "generous offers of help, highlighting once more the excellent sportsmanship that exists in Formula 1 and high levels of camaraderie throughout the pit lane".

The fire broke out as Williams were in the pit garage celebrating Maldonado's maiden F1 win - and the team's first since the 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix.

A handful of mechanics, both from Williams and other teams, were taken for medical treatment following the fire, but only one remains in hospital.

No official cause has yet been established for the fire, which initial indications suggested started in a fuel rig.

Williams, who have mounted a stirring recovery this season after suffering the worst season in their history in 2011, are hoping for another strong weekend in Monaco.

Gillan 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."

Maldonado added: "Monaco is a very challenging circuit for the drivers both physically and mentality because you have to concentrate fully at all times.

"But I really enjoy this challenge and I have traditionally done well here in the past.

"I am full of confidence after my win at the last race, so I go to Monaco with high hopes of getting another strong result for the team."