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The F1 World Reacts To The Passing Of Sir Frank Williams

The motorsport community has come together to pay tribute to a legend of the F1 paddock, Sir Frank Williams, who passed away earlier today aged 79.

Founding Williams Grand Prix Engineering in an empty carpet warehouse back in 1977, Sir Frank is one of the most remarkable figures the sport has ever seen. F1’s longest serving Team Principal was a pioneer and inspiration to many, leading his team to seven drivers’ championships, nine constructors’ titles and 114 victories between 1979 and 2012.

Despite sustaining a spinal cord injury in a car crash in 1986 that left him unable to walk, Sir Frank continued to dedicate his life to the team’s success, even after stepping down from the day-to-day running. His daughter Claire Williams became the Deputy Team Principal in 2013, before both departed after Williams was bought by Dorilton Capital last year.

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, current Williams’ Team Principal Jost Capito and FIA President Jean Todt have all paid tribute to the much-loved figure.

Current and former drivers have also taken to social media to remember Sir Frank and send their thoughts to the Williams family, including Williams’ George Russell and Nicholas Latifi.

Up and down the grid, teams have also paid tribute to Sir Frank and the legacy he has left to F1, including Ann Bradshaw, who became one of F1’s first-ever press officers when she joined Williams in 1985.

Thank you Sir Frank.

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