Williams recover from blaze with a little help from rivals

Williams will not be undermined this weekend by the fire that wrecked their Spanish Grand Prix triumph, but have implemented new procedures to ensure there will never be a repeat.

Chief operations engineer Mark Gillan confirmed the team has worked round the clock over the past few days following the blaze that began just 90 minutes after Pastor Maldonado took the chequered flag in Barcelona to give Williams their first win for seven-and-a-half years. Gillan has revealed 90% of the garage infrastructure, including everything IT related was destroyed by the fire that began in the fuel-handling area.

However, their rivals have chipped in to ensure the Grove-based marque can function this weekend, starting today with the two 90-minute practice sessions.

Gillan said: “We’ve been able to replace pretty much everything. We are certainly fully operational.

“There are a few things that we don’t have, such as an abundance of radios and equipment like that, but it doesn’t stop us operationally.”

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