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Final Williams team member returns home

ESPN Staff
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The Williams team is left with a challenge to prepare fully for the Monaco Grand Prix next weekend © Sutton Images

The final Williams team member injured in the fire on Sunday night has returned to England to continue receiving medical care.

The team confirmed that three team members were taken to hospital, with two being discharged on Monday having been treated for smoke inhalation. The third had suffered burns in the incident and was kept in hospital until Tuesday, but Williams' chief operations engineer Mark Gillan confirmed that they too have now been allowed to return to the UK for further treatment.

"I would like to reiterate our thanks to everyone in the paddock who helped the Williams team on Sunday to control the fire," Gillan said. "There were a number of people who attended the circuit medical centre, mostly as the result of smoke inhalation. One team member remains in hospital having suffered burns, but he is in a stable condition and in good spirits and has returned to England today for further medical care.

"Investigations into the actual cause of the fire are ongoing and are being performed in collaboration with the local authorities and the FIA. The extent of the damage is still being accessed and will not become fully clear until both the cars and equipment have returned to the factory. What is clear is that our garage IT equipment and infrastructure have been badly damaged."

Gillan admitted that Williams was not ruling out challenging for victory in Monaco next weekend, but warned the time in between would be busy as the team deals with the repercussions of the fire.

"On the back of a win we go to Monaco with high hopes but there is a prodigious amount of work to be done prior to the event to recover from the fire."