End of Formula 1 era: after four decades the Williams family disappears

Claire Williams will leave after the Italian Grand Prix this weekend as team boss of the Formula 1 stable Williams. The race at the Monza circuit will be the last of the Williams family in the king’s class of motorsport.

“After 43 years and 739 grands prix the family is leaving the sport, due to the recent takeover”, reports the team in a statement. Not long ago Williams came into the hands of the U.S. investment company Dorilton Capital.

Williams, one of the iconic teams in Formula 1, was looking for a new owner after losing 14 million euros last year.

Seven times world champion

The race stable was co-founded by Frank Williams, the father of Claire. In 1977 Williams first appeared at the start of a Formula 1 race. Over the years, Alain Prost, Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna, Damon Hill and others rode for the team.

Seven times a driver on behalf of Williams became champion in Formula 1. The last time was in 1997, when Canadian Jacques Villeneuve claimed the world title. On top of that, Williams became champion of the constructors nine times.

In 2012 Claire Williams succeeded her father as a member of the board of the race stable, only to take charge of the daily management a year later.

The last few years the Williams drivers were mainly to be found at the back of the field. In the current season of Formula 1, George Russell and Nicholas Latifi are still spotless after seven races.

Williams driver George Russell responds via Twitter to the resignation of Claire Williams: