Three McLaren team members required treatment following a fire in the team’s garage during a filming day at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Friday.
RACER understands the fire broke out around 1600 local time, and McLaren confirmed that three team members were treated at the medical center and have since been released.
“There was a small fire in the garage during the team’s private filming day,” a team spokesperson told RACER. “The fire was quickly extinguished by the team, and circuit emergency services and medical teams attended immediately in support. Three team members were taken to the medical center for treatment and were released shortly after.”
The team is currently assessing the MCL34 chassis to understand the extent of any damage. It is not yet clear whether the team has a spare chassis if one is required to carry out testing with next week. The second pre-season test starts on Tuesday.
Racing Point and Williams were also carrying out filming days on Friday at the circuit. Both teams are understood to have offered assistance, but the fire had been extinguished by the time they reached the McLaren garage. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
A fire also broke out in the Williams garage at the same circuit in 2012, minutes after the team had taken a surprise win with Pastor Maldonado.