F1 » Frank Williams steps down from board

Sir Frank Williams stands down from the board of his F1 team

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Harold - Unregistered

March 02, 2012 12:40 PM

Everywhere I have ever worked, the second generation run the joint into the ground. Sacred cows and such!

Hard to imagine it could get any worse for williams though.

And nothing personal against Claire, she might be awesome.

Droog - Unregistered

March 02, 2012 1:28 PM

She can hardly be unaware of the obvious shortcoming of the current team and structure. At the same time she could bring a sense of continuity that is beneficial to any organization, a link with the greatness of the past. There have been so many problems for Williams in the last 5 years, letting some newcomers with a personal stake in the Team's success can hardly be a step backward. To put it bluntly, PH is gone and now it's time for FW to start letting go. There are some talented people in this sport, let them have their heads for a while and see what happens.

Minky - Unregistered

March 02, 2012 1:55 PM

When the car is slow, you get in the best engineer you can get, and when you can afford to, you get the best driver you can get... So why, oh why, when you have no sponsors do you give the most important job of looking after and finding sponsors to your daughter...? Again nothing personal. Ron Dennis would neve do it, and that is why McLaren are the only independent F1 team with a full budget.

BrunoS - Unregistered

March 02, 2012 3:55 PM

My only question is what is here qualifications... It seems rather odd that there is no mention of her qualification other than being his daughter, that isn't a good sign.

Yes we can google a picture of her wearing a Williams team jumpsuit, but I can find any number of people wearing a team jumper that wouldn't be fit to be director of a F1 team... This seems like the final nail in the coffin of Williams.


March 02, 2012 5:09 PM

@BrunoS You will find she's been working for the team for the past 10 years, on top of 2 years as the press officer for the Silverstone Circuit. She also holds a BA in Politics. It's not like Frank just parachuted her into the boardroom.

f1 fan not Tw@t - Unregistered

March 02, 2012 5:29 PM

FW is nearly 70. its a good idea to have plans in place especially in F1. They will do just fine and he can enjoy the racing without pressure.
Tried to resist it but dont posters get fed up being such bitter a$$holes.

Texas Roadhouse

March 02, 2012 5:54 PM
Last Edited 1521 days ago

I, for one, will miss Sir Frank when finally he leaves F1. He's a racer through and through - one of the last "old-school" F1 bosses left. Formula One will be the poorer for his absence. Good luck to his daughter - let's hope the team give her some backing by producing results this season she can go to prospective sponsors with to bolster their income.


March 02, 2012 6:03 PM

What they are selling to potential sponsors and partners is, probably now more than ever, their legacy. So there might definitely be some value in having prospects meet the daughter of the founder. Her history is linked to the team from day one and she is part of the legend. That said, she will still need to be bloody good at her job.

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