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F1 Legends: Sir Frank Williams

Submitted by on October 16, 2015

Frank Williams

Image: The Cahier Archive

It’s one thing to become a Formula 1 World Champion, and another thing entirely to forge them. Sir Frank Williams and his Williams Formula 1 team have spent the past four decades doing just that.

In this episode of Legends of F1 we sit in on a chat with Frank, his daughter Claire and Patrick Head about his incredible life in Formula 1.

It would be close to impossible to overstate the impact that Frank Williams and his Williams Formula 1 team have had on the sport. They’ve secured the Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship nine times, won 114 races, seen Keke Rosberg, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve claim seven drivers’ championships and built race cars that smashed the boundaries of what was possible in Formula 1 and changed the direction of the sport for good.

The man himself is no less impressive. Just making it into Formula 1 in the first place requires overcoming all but impossible odds. Sir Frank built Williams from nothing and has steered it successfully through nearly four decades of Formula 1’s tumultuous ebb and flow.

That he did so, and achieved some of the team’s greatest successes, after surviving the spinal chord injury that saw him paralised from the neck down is only more imperssive, and absolutely inspirational.

This chat with Steve Rider, joined by Claire Williams and Patrick Head, is wonderful, and well worth enjoying. Take a few minutes over the weekend to relax and get to know one of Formula 1’s most endearing, and enduring, legends.

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