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Two more Williams team members leave hospital

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The fire engulfed the Williams garage on Sunday afternoon © Getty Images
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Two more members of the Williams team have been released from hospital today following the fire in the team's pit garage on Sunday, with just one further member remaining in Spain but expected to return to the UK in the next 48 hours.

A fire engulfed the garage after Pastor Maldonado's victory at the Circuit de Catalunya yesterday, resulting in four members of the team being taken to the circuit's medical centre. Three were then taken to hospital, two suffering from smoke inhalation and one from burns.

On Monday the team released an update saying the one remaining team member in hospital was in a stable condition and in "good spirits". The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

"Following yesterday's fire which occurred in the team's garage after the Spanish Grand Prix, Williams F1 can confirm that a further two team members have now been released from hospital and have returned home having received treatment for smoke inhalation," the statement read.

"One member of the team remains in hospital in Spain having suffered burns in the incident. He is stable and will return to the UK within the next 48 hours to receive further medical care. His family are in constant communication and he is in good spirits.

"Investigations into the cause of the fire are on-going in collaboration with the FIA and local authorities.

"The team would like to thank everyone for their good wishes and support over the past 24 hours."

Mechanics from several neighbouring garages joined forces to tackle the blaze and team principal Sir Frank Williams said he had been overwhelmed by the response.

"I was pleased to welcome back to the factory the majority of our team this morning," he said. "One of our people remains in Spain for further medical assistance, but we are all looking forward to his imminent return.

"Everyone at Williams F1 is extremely relieved that this event was contained as quickly as it was and the damage which occurred was, relatively speaking, limited in its nature. While the incident was unexpected and definitely most undesirable, it has demonstrated the genuine cohesiveness, camaraderie and spirit of co-operation that exists within the Formula One paddock. The astonishing response from the teams and other paddock personnel was immediate, unconditional and overwhelming."

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