Frank Williams, founder of the famous eponymous Formula 1 team, died this Sunday at the age of 79.
“It is with great sadness and on behalf of the Williams family that the team confirms the death of Sir Frank Williams, founder and former director of Williams Racing, at the age of 79,” the British firm wrote. After being admitted to hospital on Friday, Sir Frank passed away peacefully this morning, surrounded by his loved ones. “
The team created by Frank Williams in the 1970s won sixteen world titles between 1980 and 1997, nine among manufacturers and seven among drivers, notably Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell.
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
Sir Frank had been quadriplegic since a car accident in March 1986 and had spent the last decades of his life in a wheelchair.
It was in 1975 that he entered F1 single-seaters for the first time under his own name. The first victory came at Silverstone in 1979 and the first world title the following year with Australian Alan Jones.
Father of three children, this technology and strategy enthusiast had handed over the orders of the team to his daughter Claire in 2013.
Plagued by sporting and financial difficulties, the team was sold to an American investment fund, Dorilton Capital, in 2020.