Updated: Feb 28
Written by Hafiz Akbar, edited by Tanishka Vashee
The Founder of Wiliams Racing, Sir Frank Williams CBE, has sadly passed away. The prominent F1 figure’s death was confirmed by the team’s social media post, which didn’t point out his cause of death.
The full statement on his death by his family was quickly released to the press via the team website, stating:
“After being admitted to the 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.”
Sir Frank headed the iconic British team under his own name for nearly half a century–more than all of the current grid’s combined–and was still running the team up until the 2019 season, where he then passed the baton to his daughter, Claire for the remainder of the family’s ownership. The family left the sport late last season when the team was then sold to Dorilton Capital.
Formula 1 CEO, Stefano Domenicali stated:
“He was a true giant of our sport that overcame the most difficult 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.”
Current Williams Team Principal, Jost Capito also shared his thoughts:
“His passing marks the end of an era for our team and for the sport of Formula 1. Our thoughts are with the Williams family at this difficult time.”
The statement further explains that although the team would welcome bouquets of flower to be placed in the team’s headquarters, they suggest that whoever wishes to pay a tribute to Sir Frank to make a donation to the Spinal Injuries Association, with details of his memorial service to be announced very soon.
On behalf of the Divebomb crew, we send out our condolences to the Williams family at this time. Sir Frank was a big icon in the world of Formula 1 and will most definitely be missed.