The Williams Formula 1 team announced at 11.20 (Argentine time) this Sunday the death of Frank Williams, founder of the team and one of the most important men in the history of the top flight of world motorsport, at the age of 79.

According to the statement released by Williams Racing, the former team manager (who had been replaced in the position by his daughter Claire) was hospitalized last Friday, and died. “peacefully and surrounded by his family” this Sunday.

Expiloto, had founded the team that competes in F1 to this day in 1977 and took it to the top of the planet by making it one of the teams most successful in history, with no less than seven drivers ‘titles, nine constructors’ titles and 114 races won.

His passing marks the end of an era for our team and for the sport of Formula 1. It was one of a kind and a true pioneer. He led our team to 16 World Championships making us one of the most successful teams in the history of the sport, “the statement continued.

“Their values, which include integrity, teamwork and fierce independence and determination, remain the core spirit of our team and are their legacy, as is the Williams surname under which we proudly compete,” the note concludes. Signed by Jost Got it, CEO and team manager.

The President and CEO of Formula 1, Stefano Domenicali, He said that in the morning he had received the call from Claire herself and thus learned of the death of who is already a legend.

“He was a true giant of our sport who overcame life’s toughest challenges and fought every day to win on and off the track. We have lost a much loved and respected member of the F1 family and will be greatly missed. “, assured the Italian executive.

Frank Williams and Alain Prost, triple world champion. Photo REUTERS

“His incredible accomplishments and personality will be etched in our sport forever. My thoughts go out to all of Williams’ family and friends at this sad time.”

In 1986, Frank suffered a life-changing accident when he lost control, went off the road and fell almost eight feet with a car he had rented to leave from the French Paul Ricard circuit, where he had gone to see action the new vehicle of his team, to the airport.

Williams suffered a spinal fracture between the fourth and fifth vertebrae and was never able to walk again. The way he took it and communicated it to his wife Virginia was a statement of principles on how to approach life: “Ginny, as I see it, I have had forty fantastic years of a kind of life, now I will have another forty years with another kind of life ”.

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