Barcelona, Spain - Minutes after driver Pastor Maldonado won the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday, his team Williams garage was engulfed in flames, injuring 31 with 7 hospitalized for burns and smoke inhalation injuries. Additionally, 4 Caterham team members were among those taken to the Catalunya Circuit medical center to betreated. The blaze broke out after Maldonado and the team had took the victory photo in front of the team garage with members of various other nearby teams rushing to assist.
"The FIA is collaborating closely with the Spanish authorities investigating this incident," FIA said.
Frank Williams, team owner and wheelchair-bound paraplegic, was escorted to safety and avoided injury.
Williams driver Bruno Senna's car was reportedly destroyed in the blaze, while Maldonado's car was still in winner's circle and avoided any damage.