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Williams Racing founder Frank Williams dies aged 79

The Englishman built his team into a dominant Formula One force in the 1980s and 1990s.

Frank Williams with Williams driver George Russell.
Frank Williams with Williams driver George Russell.
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FRANK WILLIAMS, THE founder of Formula One outfit Williams Racing, has died at the age of 79, the team announced today.

Williams built his team into a dominant Formula One force in the 1980s and 1990s, winning win nine constructors’ world championships and seven drivers’ titles, although the most recent triumphs came in 1997.

The Englishman stepped down from the board of Williams Formula One in 2012 and his family ended 43 years of involvement in the team last year, following its sale to Dorilton Capital.

Williams had used a wheelchair since being injured in a car crash in France in 1986.

“The Williams Racing team is truly saddened by the passing of our founder Sir Frank Williams,” the team said in a statement.

“Sir Frank was a legend and icon of our sport. His passing marks the end of an era for our team and for the sport of Formula 1. He was one of a kind and a true pioneer.

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“Despite considerable adversity in his life, he led our team to 16 world championships, making us one of the most successful teams in the history of the sport.”

© – AFP, 2021

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