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F1: Frank Williams, Founder of Williams Racing passes away

Williams Racing went on to become one of the most dominant teams of the 1980s and 1990s

Sir Frank William, the founder and former team principal of the Williams Racing F1 team passed away at the age of 79. According to an official statement, he was admitted to the hospital on Friday and 'passed away peacefully' surrounded by his family.

Sir Frank was born in South Shields, England in 1942 and founded the 'Frank Williams Racing Cars' team which participated in Formula 2 and Formula 3 categories from 1966. The team entered Formula 1 in 1969. Later in 1977, he founded the William Grand Prix Engineering in partnership with Head. The team tasted its first F1 win in 1979 with Clay Reggazoni behind the wheel.

In 1980, Alan Jones claimed Williams' first 'World Drivers Championship'. From then onwards, Williams Racing went on to become one of the most dominant teams of the 1980s and 1990s, winning multiple constructors and drivers championships.

Sir Frank Williams led the team for 43 years, before stepping down from the board in 2012. However, he continued to serve as team principal with his daughter and deputy principal, Claire Williams.

In 2020, both Sir Frank and Claire Williams stepped down from their roles after the team was acquired by Dorilton Capital.

 
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