The 79-year-old Englishman had been hospitalized on Friday and this Sunday his team confirmed the death. The causes of his death are still unknown
Frank Williams, creator of one of the most iconic teams in Formula 1 in 1977, died at the age of 79. As confirmed by his team through a statement, “fhe was peacefully surrounded by his family“.
The Williams team is one of the most awarded in the history of Formula 1, with seven world championships for drivers (1980, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1996 and 1997), while it also won another nine from manufacturers (1980, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1997).
On the other hand, throughout its history the team obtained 114 wins, 313 podiums and 128 pole positions.
In the statement, the team said “Frank will be sorely missed,” and invited all who wish to pay tribute “to make donations in lieu of gifts to the Spinal Injury Association.”
Carlos Reutemann raced for the Williams team in the early 1980s
In March 1986, his life took a radical turn when he suffered a spinal injury that left him quadriplegic while returning from a test in Paul Ricard, France.
The team founded by Williams had marked the Argentine public in the early 1980s, as Carlos Reutemann fought until the last race in the 1981 season with one of his cars and lost by just one point against Brazilian Nelson Piquet.
Jost Capito, current head of the Williams team, acknowledged that “we are truly saddened by the passing of our founder Sir Frank Williams”, and continued: “He was a legend and an icon of our sport. His passing marks the end of an era for our team and for the sport of Formula 1 “.
the causes of his death are still unknown.
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