F1 legend Sir Frank Williams dies aged 79

Sir Frank Williams, who built team named after him into one of the most successful in F1, has died aged 79; Williams team salute “much loved and inspirational figurehead” while more tributes flood in for “giant” of F1, who battled adversity on and off the track

Last Updated: 28/11/21 3:26pm

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Sky Sports F1 reporter Craig Slater looks back at the life and career of the late Sir Frank Williams.

Sky Sports F1 reporter Craig Slater looks back at the life and career of the late Sir Frank Williams.

Sir Frank Williams, the legendary former Formula 1 team owner and boss, has passed away at the age of 79.

The founder of the Williams F1 team, one of the sport’s most successful and recognisable outfits, Williams was an iconic figure in modern day motorsport who leaves an incredible legacy in the paddock and beyond.

His team, founded in 1977 before quickly establishing themselves against huge manufacturers, won 16 world championships – nine constructors’ and seven drivers’ titles – in the 1980s and 90s, and have 117 race victories in total.

Even more remarkably, Williams continued to run the team despite a serious car crash in 1986 that left him tetraplegic.

It is with great sadness that on behalf of the Williams family, the team can confirm the death of Sir Frank Williams CBE, Founder and Former Team Principal of Williams Racing, at the age of 79.

— Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing)

November 28, 2021

The longest-serving team boss in F1 history, Williams and daughter Claire, who had taken over much of the running of the team from 2013, stepped down in September last year after selling Williams to a US investment group.

In a statement on Sunday, the Williams team said: “It is with great sadness that on behalf of the Williams family, the team can confirm the death of Sir Frank Williams CBE, Founder and Former Team Principal of Williams Racing, at the age of 79.

“After being admitted into hospital on Friday, Sir Frank, passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by his family. Today we pay tribute to our much loved and inspirational figurehead. Frank will be sorely missed. We request that all friends and colleagues respect the Williams family’s wishes for privacy at this time.”

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali paid tribute to Williams, saying: “He was a true giant of our sport that overcame the most difficult of challenges in life and battled every day to win on and off the track. We have lost a much loved and respected member of the F1 family and he will be hugely missed.

“His incredible achievements and personality will be etched on our sport forever. My thoughts are with all the Williams family and friends at this sad time.”

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