Williams, who ended up in a wheelchair in 1986 due to a car accident, was taken to hospital on Friday. There, the former racing driver from Great Britain died surrounded by his loved ones.
16 world titles
The team that bears the Williams name made its Formula 1 debut in 1977. Williams captured nine constructors’ world titles and delivered seven individual world champions. Canadian Jacques Villeneuve was the last in 1997.
Sir Frank Williams in 2019.
Frank Williams handed over the daily management of the racing stable to his daughter Claire in 2012. Last year she also said goodbye to the team, which had to look for financiers due to lack of money and came into the hands of the American investment company Dorilton Capital.
Stefano Domenicali, CEO of the Formula One Group said: “This morning Claire Williams called to share the sad news about her beloved father. He was truly a giant of our sport, overcoming life’s toughest challenges, and fighting every day, on and off the track. We are losing a very respected member of our F1 family. His incredible achievements and personality will be greatly missed, but will be engraved in our sport forever. My thoughts are with the Williams family and their friends at this difficult time.”
The Formula 1 team is calling for donations to pay tribute to Frank Williams to the organization that works for people with spinal cord injuries. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of our founder Sir Frank Williams,” said team principal Jost Capito. “Sir Frank was a legend and an icon of our sport. Unique in its kind and a true pioneer. Despite many setbacks in his life, he has led our team to 16 world titles, making us one of the most successful racing stables in the sport.
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