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Williams marks 50 years as boss with personal flourish

13.7.2019

Williams marks 50 years as boss with personal flourish

SILVERSTONE, July 13 — Fifty years since entering Formula One, Frank Williams remains in love with speed and, beyond that, his own F1 team. As a quintessential Englishman, he could not have wished to celebrate his landmark achievement of five decades as a team owner at anywhere but Silverstone,...

As a quintessential Englishman, he could not have wished to celebrate his landmark achievement of five decades as a team owner at anywhere but Silverstone, which this weekend hosts the British Grand Prix.

“I can’t say I’ve loved every minute of it because some moments have been very difficult.

To follow that, yesterday, his team dished out a special treat to guests at their traditional British fry-up breakfast in the form of bottles of personalised beer, brewed in Germany, with Williams’ face printed on the ‘50 years’ label.

It left him in a wheelchair, but did not stop him running the F1 team that he started with good friend and driver Piers Courage in 1969.

Williams’ partnership with Patrick Head, his technical director, turned their team into a winning machine for a golden period in the 1980s and 1990s as they won nine constructors’ championships, seven drivers’ titles and 114 races.

“We haven’t had any conversations about George potentially leaving the team in the short term because he’s on a long-term contract with us,” she said.

The family’s competitive instincts remain as strong as ever. — AFP

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