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Motor Racing

F1 German Grand Prix: Williams mechanics treated for smoke inhalation after fire breaks out at team hotel

No one was hurt in the fire at the Hotel Mondial in Wiesloch with the four mechanics discharged from hospital

Four people from Williams had to be treated for smoke inhalation on Friday after a fire broke out at one of the team hotels being used for this weekend's German Grand Prix.

The fire, at the Hotel Mondial in Wiesloch situated eight miles from Hockenheim, started at 3am, resulting in an immediate evacuation of the building.

Fortunately no one was hurt, with only a quartet of team members taken to a local hospital due to the effects of the smoke, but they were soon discharged.

Neither the drivers, Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, nor any of the team management were involved as they were staying at another hotel, similarly with the marketing department.

It is the second fire Williams have been involved in in just over two years as the team garage went up in flames at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya following Pastor Maldonado's Spanish Grand Prix win in May 2012.