Frank Williams, the founder and former team principal of Williams Racing Formula One team has at the age of 79.
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.
In a statement, the Williams Racing Team said Frank passed away on Sunday,
“After being admitted into hospital on Friday, Sir Frank, passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by his family.”
The team says it is truly saddened by the passing of Williams.
“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. 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. His values including integrity, teamwork and a fierce independence and determination remain the core ethos of our team and are his legacy, as is the williams family name under which we proudly race.”
Williams and his daughter Claire, a former deputy team principal, no longer have any involvement with the British-based F1 team after it was sold to US-based Dorilton Capital last year.
Williams had been in a wheelchair since he was paralysed in a car crash in France in 1986.
He was admitted to hospital in 2016 with pneumonia and again in December last year.