POLE POSITION FOR WILLIAMS
F1 supremo Sir Frank Williams has died after a long illness aged 79, continuing to prove the old DDP motto that you can take a tio from (former DDP host) Octopus of Odstock to the bank. Unfortunately, this obit would have been better written by our motorsport expert. Williams was a driver and mechanic in Formula 1 before founding Williams Racing Cars in 1966. In 1977 he founded the F1 construction team Williams, which won 6 titles in the next 20 years. Frank Williams was injured himself in a car crash in 1986, and wheelchair bound the rest of his life. The crash would have killed a normal man, but if anything he became more successful as a mentor and business leader afterwards, working with Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost and Senna. As a strategist who could get the best people into make his cars, he was one of the best in Formula 1. He was knighted in 1999, and remained one of the major figures in motor racing for the rest of his life. Williams was picked by 22 teams, including Worm Fodder, It’s Grim Up North (not the host), Lardy, The Choir Invisible and the nefarious Pelican.
Sir Frank Williams
16 April 1942 – 28 November 2021