The British was “a giant” of the F1, praised the boss of the discipline, Stefano Domenicali. “His death marks the end of an era for our team and for Formula 1 in general”, also declared the CEO of the Williams stable.
Le Monde with AFP
Formula 1 is bereaved: the British Frank Williams, founder of the stable in his name, died at the age of 79, announced his team, Sunday, November 28, on Twitter
m. Williams “was a real legend and an icon of our sport,” said Jost Capito, CEO of the WILLIAMS stable in a posted statement on social networks . “It was unique and a real pioneer. His death marks the end of an era for our team and for formula 1 in general,” he added.
Frank Williams was tetraplegic since a car accident in March 1986 and had spent the last decades of his life in a wheelchair.
Sixteen world titles for the WILLIAMS stable
It was in 1975 that he first committed monoplaces in F1 under his own name. The first victory was won in Silverstone in 1979 and the first world title the following year with Australian Alan Jones. His stable won sixteen world titles between 1980 and 1997, nine among the manufacturers and seven among the pilots.
Three children’s father, this enthusiast of technology and strategy had sold the orders of the team to his clear daughter in 2013. Given sports and financial difficulties, the team had been sold to a fund of American investment, Dorilton Capital, in 2020.
The pattern of F1, Stefano Domenicali, said Formula 1 had lost “a giant”. “He overcame the toughest challenges in life and fought every day to win on the track and outside. We lost a very loved and respected member of the F1 family,” A-T- He reacted.