Fire hits Williams F1 garage after team's first win since 2004

Spoils Pastor Maldonado's victory party
May 14, 2012

TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Fire hits Williams F1 garage after team’s first win since 2004 season

No sooner had Williams F1 celebrated its first race win since the 2004 season that a fire broke out in the team's garage. The fire is said to have originated from the fuel area.

Four team personnel were reportedly injured in the incident and were taken to the medical center. Three of the injured personnel were then transferred to local hospitals to receive treatment for their injuries, while the fourth individual has been released. Williams F1 has said that it will continually monitor the conditions of the injured staff members "and ensure they receive the best possible care."

The fire broke out just an hour and a half after the Spanish Grand Prix had wrapped up, ending the team's post-race celebrations as Williams F1 driver Pastor Maldonado claimed his very first Formula 1 victory and gave the team its first since the 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix.

"It's an unbelievable feeling winning my first race," said Maldonado. "The car felt really consistent and was fantastic to drive; our pace was strong throughout. Alonso was chasing me hard but we looked after our tires well and I managed to open the gap toward the end. The team has worked so hard all year and this win is for them. To be the first Venezuelan to win a Formula 1 race is a big honor, and hopefully I will win more races in the future."

According to Williams F1, Maldonado's first-place finish is not only its sixth Spanish Grand Prix win, but is also the team's 64th triumph using Renault engines as well as its 114th overall F1 race victory.

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