Jul 6, 2013, 5:00 AM EST
Williams F1 Team has confirmed that there was a minor fire in its garage this morning following a KERS failure.
The team, whose 600th grand prix celebrations have carried over to the Nurburgring, released a statement confirming that a fire had occurred after reports in the paddock said that smoke was billowing from the garage.
“At 08.30 this morning the Williams F1 Team suffered a KERS failure on Pastor Maldonado’s car,” the statement reads. “The car was in the garage at the time. The resulting smoke was contained quickly and efficiently by the team and circuit fire marshals. No personnel were injured.
“The team are currently investigating the cause of the failure, and assessing any further damage to Pastor’s car.”
This is the second garage fire in just over one year for Williams, with a similar problem occurring at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix after Pastor Maldonado claimed the team’s first win in over seven years. Fortunately, no-one was hurt, and the other teams on the grid were happy to provide Williams with equipment for the next race at Monaco after some damage was caused.
The team openly thanked Marussia, Caterham and Force India on Twitter for their help this morning.
— Williams F1 Team (@WilliamsF1Team) July 6, 2013
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