Williams engineering chief Mark Gillan has praised the efforts of his staff, and offers of help from other teams, in getting his team ready to run in Monaco this weekend after its garage fire in Spain.
The team lost most of its garage infrastructure and IT equipment in the post-race fire at Barcelona that gutted its garage less than two hours after Williams driver Pastor Maldonado had taken his first Formula 1 victory. In the wake of the fire, a number of teams offered assistance to Williams with any equipment it needed, and chief operations engineer Gillan says he has been impressed by how everyone has rallied around to help his squad.
"The team's preparations for Monaco have been somewhat hampered by last Sunday's garage fire, but the impact of the fire has been mitigated by what can only be described as a Herculean effort by the factory and our suppliers to restock both the damaged equipment and car parts," explained Gillan. "We would also like to thank the generous offers of help from the other teams, highlighting once more the excellent sportsmanship that exists in Formula 1 and high levels of comradery throughout the pitlane."
Maldonado's victory in Spain has left Williams as a serious contender for another triumph this time out, and Gillan says hopes are high of another decent result this weekend.
"With further upgrades coming to this event we are hopeful that we can continue to make decent progress and look forward to a good weekend," he said.