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  • Writer's pictureRhonan Colquhoun

F1: Motorsport pays tribute to Sir Frank Williams

Tributes from around the Motorsport paddock have been pouring in after Williams F1 Team co-founder Sir Frank Williams died earlier this week.


Sir Frank Williams died on Sunday at the age of 79. The longest-serving Team Principal Formula 1 has ever seen, Frank and friend Patrick Head founded Williams in 1977 and the team has gone on to be one of the most successful in the sport.

Between 1992 and 1997, Williams won five out of six constructors' titles, finishing second in the other year. In total, they won 113 races in their first 18 years. At times, the team looked unbeatable - up there with the likes of Ferrari and McLaren who dominated in and around the success of Williams.

Notable drivers have raced and won with the Grove squad which include: Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve, Juan-Pablo Montoya, Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg and Pastor Maldonado - the team's last victor at the 2012 Spanish GP.

Frank stepped down from his role which gave his daughter, Claire Williams, a chance to run the team. Success has been hard to find for the team since the late 90's with the family selling Williams late last year. Investment company Dorilton Capital now run the team have kept the iconic Williams name.

Recent drivers to have driven for Williams include Valterri Bottas and current drivers George Russell and Nicholas Latifi.

Ahead of this weekend's Saudi Arbian GP, a special tribute will both on both Russell's and Latifi's cars.

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