Sir Frank Williams, the founder and former member of the Williams Formula One team, has died at the age of 79. He built a team that took its name and is one of the most successful teams in the history of the sport.
During Williams’ tenure in the 1990s and 1980s, the team won the Formula One World Championship nine times, and the drivers experienced seven Formula One championships seven times.
He and his daughter, Claire, sold the Williams team to American investors in September 2020 and withdrew from the sport.
A statement from Williams said, “We are deeply saddened by the death of Sir Frank Williams, the founder of the Williams racing team, at the age of 79. After Sir Frank was admitted on Friday, he is today. He died at the hospital in peace with his family. “
“Today we pay our respects to this very popular and inspiring person. Frank’s vacancy will be painfully felt. We urge all friends and colleagues to respect the privacy of the Williams family.”
Williams suffered a spinal cord injury after a car accident in France in 1986 and has since been confined to a wheelchair.
Formula One president and CEO Stefano Domenicali also paid tribute to Williams, calling him “a real giant in our sport.”
“He overcame many difficult challenges in his life and struggled every day to win on and off the track. It will be felt. “
“His amazing achievements and character will remain in our sport forever. I offer my condolences to Williams’ family and friends at this sad time.”
Williams’ team won first place in a Grand Prix in 1979 in Silverstone, UK, when Kelly Riazoni was behind the wheel of a car. The following year, both Williams won the Formula One title and Alan Jones, the Australian driver.