F1 team founder, and principal, Frank Williams died Sunday at the age of 79 after being admitted to the hospital on Friday, according to the Williams family and team.
Williams never stopped overcoming adversity or challenges put in his path. In 2019 he became the longest-serving F1 team principal, after having run two racing teams over the course of 50 years.
He’ll forever be remembered as the icon in F1 who sustained a spinal cord injury in a car crash in 1986, which left him unable to walk.
Williams remained in charge of day-to-day operations of Williams Racing, which he founded in 1977, after his recovery until stepping down in 2012 from his responsibilities and the board. His daughter, Claire Williams, took over day-to-day operations when her father stepped down and took his place on the board of directors. Though, Claire’s official title was Deputy Team Principal, and Frank Williams retained the Team Principal title.