Williams family to leave roles after F1 team sale

Famous F1 family to depart the team after this weekend’s Italian GP after 43 years at the helm

Last Updated: 03/09/20 12:46pm

Sir Frank Williams and his daughter Claire will leave their their roles at the Williams F1 team after this weekend’s Italian GP.

The move comes a fortnight after the historic family-run outfit was sold to US investment firm, Dorilton Capital. The Grove outfit will continue to carry the Williams name into its new era.

Sir Frank, who founded the team with Sir Patrick Head in 1977, has been one of the most successful team principals/owners in history with seven drivers’ and nine constructors’ championships.

Claire has been in day-to-day control of the Grove outfit since 2013 in the role of deputy team principal. She first joined the team in an official capacity in 2002.

“With the future of the team now secured, this feels like the appropriate time for us to step away from the sport,” said deputy team boss Claire Williams.

“As a family, we have always prioritised Williams. We have demonstrated that by our recent actions with the Strategic Review process and we believe now is the right time to hand over the reins and give the new owners the opportunity to take the team into the future.

“We have been in this sport for more than four decades. We are incredibly proud of our track record and the legacy we leave behind. We have always been in it for the love of it, for the pure pleasure of going motor racing, so this is not a decision that we have taken lightly but after much reflection and as a family.

“We are greatly appreciative of Dorilton’s encouragement to continue, but in them we know the team will be in good hands and the Williams name will live on. This may be the end of an era for Williams as a family-run team, but it is the beginning of a new era for Williams Racing and we wish them much success in the future.

“On behalf of Frank and the Williams family, I would like to say how incredibly grateful and humbled we are for the support we have enjoyed over the years, from our friends in the paddock to the many fans around the world. But mostly, we would like to thank our team. People who have worked at Williams in the past and present. They are the true warriors of this team and have made it what it is and we wish them well. Formula One has been our life for so long and now it’s time for a new chapter in our lives to begin.”

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Source : Sky Sports