Frank Williams, founder of the Williams Racing team, has died at the age of 79, the British team announced. “He was a legend and icon of our sport,” says the statement, which was also replicated by the social networks of the Formula 1.
“His passing marks the end of an era for our team and for the sport of Formula 1. He 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 continues.
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“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,” concludes the note. Signed by Jost Capito, CEO and Team Principal.
The British team marked the Argentine public in the early eighties by the presence of Carlos Alberto Reutemann, who fought until the final date of the 1981 season and lost the title by just one point.
The Briton had turned 50 years as F1 team boss in 2019. His team he won seven drivers ‘titles and nine constructors’ championships. In addition, he accumulates 114 victories and 302 podiums in the maximum speed competition.
His family, including his daughter Claire, who ran the team on a day-to-day basis since 2013, left Formula 1 earlier this year after they sold the team to investment firm Dorilton Capital.
Williams Racing F1 team statement
“It is with great sadness that on behalf of the Williams family, the team can confirm the death of Sir Frank Williams CBE, founder and former team manager of Williams Racing, at the age of 79.
After being admitted to the hospital on Friday, Sir Frank passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by his family.
Today we pay tribute to our beloved and inspiring figure. We will miss Frank very much. We request that all friends and colleagues respect the Williams family’s wishes for privacy at this time.
For those who wish to pay tribute, we ask that donations be made in lieu of gifts to the Spinal Injury Association. Alternatively, we would appreciate flowers being placed at the entrance to the team’s headquarters in Grove, Oxfordshire. Details of the memorial service will be followed in due course. “
The farewell of Formula 1 to Frank Williams
Formula 1, in its official account, wrote: “We are filled with the most immense and profound sadness over the passing of Sir Frank Williams. His was a life fueled by a passion for motorsports; his legacy is immeasurable and he will always be a part of F1. Meeting him was an inspiration and a privilege. He will be deeply missed. “