Sir Frank Williams, the founder of the Williams Formula 1 team, has been admitted to hospital. The 78-year-old man is in stable condition according to his family. The team he built has become one of the most successful in F1. Williams owned the team and was its manager until the start of the year.
A family statement read: “Sir Frank Williams was recently admitted to hospital where he is in stable condition. Frank’s medical condition is a private matter and therefore the family will not be disclosing any further details at this time. We ask you to respect the privacy of the family. The team will release a new update in due course. “
Williams founded the team alongside young engineer Patrick Head in 1977 and began his first full season in F1 in 1978. They won their first race a year later when Clay Regazzoni took the flag at Silverstone in 1979. L The team won nine constructors’ championships and seven driver titles between 1980 and 1997.
Only Ferrari have more constructors’ championships and only Ferrari and McLaren have participated in more grand prix. Drivers such as Alan Jones, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve have raced for Williams and the team has always enjoyed a large and enthusiastic following in the UK.