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‘More than a boss’ – Racing pays tribute to Sir Frank Williams

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
4 min read

The passing of Sir Frank Williams at the age of 79 has been keenly felt by the motorsport community, with his long tenure as an F1 team boss having had a profound impact not just on the championship itself, but on so many drivers and other figures across the racing scene.

Below, we’ve gathered some of the tributes posted in the aftermath of his death.

George Russell, current Williams F1 driver

Nicholas Latifi, current Williams F1 driver

Lewis Hamilton, seven-time F1 champion

Alex Wurz, GPDA chairman and former Williams F1 driver

Jost Capito, Williams Racing CEO

Chip Ganassi, legendary racing team owner

Jason Plato, two-time BTCC champion who made his series debut and took his maiden win for Williams

Conor Daly, IndyCar driver whose father Derek raced for Williams in F1

Derek Daly, ex-Williams F1 driver

Pastor Maldonado, the last driver to win an F1 grand prix for Williams

Jeff Gordan, NASCAR legend and erstwhile Williams F1 tester

Joao Paulo de Oliveira, Super Formula/Super GT champion and sometime Williams F1 tester

Masashi Yamamoto, Honda F1 managing director

“It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Sir Frank Williams. His company and ours were created by men who believed passionately in the importance of engineering and both Sir Frank and Soichiro Honda were also driven by a burning will to win.

“We are greatly indebted to him for the success we enjoyed together. He never gave up, neither at the race track nor in life and he made an indelible mark on the history of Formula 1.

“We offer our sincere condolences to his family at this sad time.”

Nico Hulkenberg, former Williams F1 driver

Valtteri Bottas, former Williams F1 driver

Damon Hill, 1996 F1 champion for Williams

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