The cause of the fire in the Williams’ garage yesterday remains somewhat unknown. There are some reports that say the KERS unit from Bruno Senna’s car exploded, and the fuel in the area ignited. Spanish police are working with the team.
One crew member remains in the hospital with burns, but should be returning home to the UK to continue treatment soon. Two other crew members were released today after being treated for smoke inhalation.
Frank Williams says the response from personnel of other teams was overwhelming and showed a great spirit of cooperation in the paddock.
Then there’s the team that needs to really work on internal cooperation: McLaren. Martin Whitmarsh said today he regrets not telling Lewis Hamilton to abandon his pole position lap. Whitmarsh had known there wasn’t enough fuel in the car on that final lap, and instead of telling Hamilton to return to the garage, had him finish and stop on track.
Whitmarsh also said he did not expect such a harsh penalty, and that no matter how much fuel would have been left in the car, he was embarrassed by the entire situation.
Better luck next time, McLaren.