Claire Williams has been promoted into the role of deputy team principal of the Williams F1 team founded by her father Frank.
Williams will take up the newly-created role with immediate effect and will work alongside her father on the 'day-to-day running and long-term development of the team'.
Having first started work as a press officer with the team back in 2002, Williams has held a range of roles within the team, and has been head of communications in 2010. She will retain her commercial role alongside her position, news of which was due to be made public before the new season got underway before the decision was taken to delay the announcement following the death of her mother Ginny.
“Over the past decade Claire has worked tirelessly for Williams,” Sir Frank Williams said. “Her knowledge of the sport and passion for the team is unquestionable and I'm proud to say that during her time here she has proven herself to be one of our most valuable assets.
“With Claire being appointed deputy team principal, I know the future of Williams is in extremely safe hands. This appointment also had Ginny's blessing who I know would have been incredibly proud to have seen Claire taking on this position by my side.''
Williams herself was delighted with news of her new position.
“I'm truly honoured to be taking on the role of deputy team principal and look forward to working alongside Frank to help run the team this season and beyond,” she said. “I have grown up in the sport and have learnt the ropes from one of Formula One's legendary team principals and as a result I feel well equipped for this new challenge. I understand the commitment that every person within the team gives each day to see our car out on the track and I am determined to see us back at the top.
“I don't underestimate the challenges that lie ahead but I have the full support of the board and a very talented executive committee who will be invaluable as I move forward in this role. It has been a sad month for my family and Williams as a company following the death of my mother, but as the season takes hold we must look to the future. It will be a privilege to play a part in taking the team into what I hope will be a successful next chapter.”