Claire Williams becomes deputy team principal

2013 F1 season

Claire Williams, Frank Williams, Williams, Barcelona, 2012Claire Williams has taken on the role of deputy team principal at the team founded by her father Frank Williams.

The death of his wife Virginia Williams led the team to postpone the announcement while was originally going to be made at the start of the season.

Claire Williams joined the team’s board in April last year and will continue her role as commercial director.

Frank Williams said he believes “the future of Williams is in extremely safe hands” following her appointment.

“Over the past decade Claire has worked tirelessly for Williams,” he 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.”

“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,” he added.

Claire Williams 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.”

“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,” she added.

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40 comments on Claire Williams becomes deputy team principal

  1. Starbuck (@starbuck) said on 28th March 2013, 9:23

    Is she the same Claire Williams that in the team’s PR department a few years back? She’s a nice person.

  2. Palle (@palle) said on 28th March 2013, 9:41

    I don’t like nepotism, but as she has been feed F1 from todling age, she has probably spent more than the necessary 10.000 hours under some sort of tutoring – hence she will stand a good chance of success. Her driver choice is likeable and could indicate the necessary shift for Williams towards a choice of respecting the pilot as being a decisive factor, who gets all the special treatment he needs to perform. I have the impression that the leadership of Sir Frank is pretty old-fashioned, and hasn’t developed enough, which is why Williams has treated employees and drivers too rough to be able to hold on to the success they once had. Maybe this shift can bring them back in front.

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