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Williams fire in Barcelona: static discharge fire?

Williams fire in Barcelona
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D he fire in the Williams box is also ten days then a topic in Monte Carlo. With the exception of a Williams mechanic, all of the injured are well again. The most severely affected victim suffered severe burns on both arms and legs. 'But he's already on the mend, not life-threatening', reassured Toto Wolff, co-owner of the racing team.

Williams believes in static discharge as the cause of the fire

The unlucky fellow stood in the middle of the flames when the fire broke out. He was in the process of pumping gasoline from one container to the other. What exactly triggered the fire has not yet been fully clarified, but there is strong suspicion, as Wolff reveals. 'We assume that a static discharge has taken place. This is extremely rare and can actually only happen when gasoline is pumped over.'

The Austrian assumes a chain of unfortunate circumstances: 'With very extreme ones Conditions can ignite the released gases. Normally everything should be hermetically sealed. The weather may have played a role. We had a low pressure area over Barcelona that day. '

An FIA investigation that made available to all other teams revealed three interesting points. When the fuel was pumped from the refueling system into the petrol barrel, the connection on the barrel was not hermetically sealed. The refueling system stood on its plastic rollers and was therefore not earthed. The mechanic heroically pushed the petrol barrel out of the danger area in dire need, but the pump of the refueling system continued to deliver. 30 liters were carried outdoors.

Williams damage less than feared

The material damage to Williams was less than expected. Some laptops were burned, but the data and software were backed up. Of 150 radios, only 40 are left. They hung in a plastic shelf. The burned plastic also created the black smoke. Bruno Senna's chassis remained intact except for a few traces of soot.

The partition walls in the back of the box proved to be good protection. 'They have to meet trade fair standards, that is, they have to be flame retardant,' explains Wolff. 'That way the fire couldn't get forward. The partition walls melted in the heat, but they didn't burn.' Financially, the winning team from Barcelona suffered no damage.All material was insured.

In our picture gallery we have again the spectacular photos of the fire at Williams.


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