Lotus hospitality unit destroyed in Malaysian Grand Prix paddock fire
|By Jonathan Noble||Saturday, March 24th 2012, 03:19 GMT|
Lotus has been forced to relocate itself in the Sepang paddock after a fire destroyed its hospitality unit overnight.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, a suspected electrical fault in a fridge caused a fire that eventually destroyed the team's hospitality unit and kitchen facilities.
AUTOSPORT understands that the team was able to save some of its drivers' kits - including overalls and boots - from the private rooms of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean. One of Raikkonen's spare helmets was destroyed.
With its unit now out of action, Lotus has been forced to move itself next to Marussia at the bottom end of the Sepang paddock - although its marketing and hospitality staff have been left without any equipment.
The team's engineering operation has been unaffected, as it is based in a separate unit attached to the pit building, and the fire will not have any impact on its track efforts.
Lotus issued a statement on Saturday morning that said: "The team asks for forgiveness for certain personnel who have entered the fire-damaged facility as they will be rather smoke-fragranced today. Many team members may also look rather hungry for a short time."