“It’s business as usual” – Claire Williams says she remains in charge after the team is sold


Formula 1 was rocked by news last week that the Williams family have chosen to sell their iconic team to a private investment firm – but for now at least, the team’s deputy manager Claire Williams , says she will continue to lead the British team …Williams spent the last three months embarking on a strategic review, evaluating various investment offers in their team – and they ultimately went with Dorilton Capital, selling 100% of the team, which in turn meant the founder Sir Frank, who launched the outfit. more than 40 years ago, no longer owns any shares.

The Williams brand will remain in Formula 1, with the new owners now working with current management to discuss the future and how best to run new funds.

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As it stands, Claire has confirmed that she will continue to lead the team on a day-to-day basis, as she has done since becoming Deputy Team Director in 2013 with her father remaining in his post. .

“It’s obviously very early, for the moment it’s business as usual,” said Claire, during Friday’s press conference in Spa before the Belgian Grand Prix. “I am here in my capacity leading the team in Barcelona and the previous races and that will continue to be the case.”

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Asked about the future of Mike O’Driscoll, CEO of the team, Claire replied: “Exactly the same is business as usual.”

It marks the end of an era at Williams, with the family abandoning shares in the company – and Claire admitted how difficult the decision had been.

“I would be lying if I said it hasn’t been emotional the past few months,” she says. “But it’s been a few months, so we’ve all figured out, and that can only be a good thing for Williams.

“We always put the team first. At the heart of the Williams family, we put our people and the success and future of our team first in the decisions we make. It was obvious to us. The team needed this investment and now has a bright future under the leadership of its new owners.


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