Yesterday's Spanish Grand Prix was an enormous cause for celebration for Williams. The Formula One team that was once at the very top of its game hadn't won a race since 2004, but it broke that losing streak when Pastor Maldonado claimed the checkered flag for the team against Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen and against all odds. But the celebrations in the team's garage were cut short when a massive fire broke out just after the race.

The fire erupted an hour and a half after the grand prix's conclusion as team members were toasting their victory in the garage on pit lane, sending smoke billowing out over the track. Members of other teams – Force India and Caterham chief among them – quickly sprung into action to help their comrades put out the fire. A total of 31 people were subsequently sent to the emergency medical center on site, with all but one treated and released. The remaining Williams team member is being treated for burns suffered in the incident and is expected to be sent back to the UK for further treatment in the coming days.

Officials are still looking into the cause of the fire, which reportedly emanated from the racecar that Bruno Senna drove until it was disabled in a collision with Michael Schumacher that took both cars out of the race. Suspicions center around a malfunction in the Kinetic Energy Recovery System. The incident is not the first time a Williams facility suffered from a fire, the factory back in Grove having caught on fire a few years ago. Scroll down to watch video of the incident in Barcelona this weekend.


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      Nathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      The wonderful world of hybrids strikes again.
      Nowuries
      • 2 Years Ago
      My sincere hope is that they find the batteries in the KERS system at fault, and this whole "green" technology gets removed. In my opinion, it is the most un-green technology on the entire car! Did you know they have to throw out those uber-expensive batteries used in the system after EVERY race?! When you consider the pollution caused from manufacturing the batteries, the loss of precious metals used in the manufacturing, and the toxic chemicals that go into our ground when they throw those batteries away, how is that better than a few extra CO2 emissions?
        Azazel
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nowuries
        While I am no green advocate of any stripe, it needs to be said that most battery components can be recycled or repurposed. They don't just throw away multi-thousand dollar batteries.
      Cain Gray
      • 2 Years Ago
      Reminds me of that "Does anybody know how to post videos on Facebook" commercial. Way late Autoblog.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Kimithechamp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Garages of all sorts being burned down by the mighty hybrid/ev!
      MiCKeY
      • 2 Years Ago
      no fire sprinklers in the garage?
      El Buckstein
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it is completely fair to say that this can only be the fault of Fisker.
      cableguy
      • 2 Years Ago
      crazy!!! i just finished watching the documentary/movie of Ayrton Senna no more than 30 mintes before reading this!
      Vincent Teron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh my! I hope Jean Girard and his husband Gregory weren't hurt!
      Toutougabi
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nowuries. First, they use a flywheel to store the energy, not a conventionnal battery. Secondo, the fuel efficiency of such device was proven by the porsche 911 hybrid in the lemans series. Your comment is outright false and inventive.
      cableguy
      • 2 Years Ago
      B.T.W. williams was his team that buit him that P.O.S. renault that killed him
        Narom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cableguy
        And Adrian Newey was the guy who designed it. Have you got a point?
      Mchicha
      • 2 Years Ago
      unwanted fires are always dramatic.. its in their nature, it kind of creates drama...
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