Williams confirm employee in stable conditionand will return to UK within 48 hours

14 May 2012 by Ryan Wood | M

Williams have confirmed that a further two members of their team have returned to the United Kingdom, whilst a third member remains in hospital.

The third member suffered significant burns after a fire broke out in their garage following the Spanish GP, but is in a stable condition and will also return to the UK within 48 hours.

"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," read a team statement.

"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."

The Oxford based team which returned to winning form for the first time since 2004, confimed investigations into the fire were ongoing and thanked those who lent a hand on Sunday.

"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."

Team principal Sir Frank Williams added: "I was pleased to welcome back to the factory the majority of our team this morning. 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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