Claire Williams ‘not right person’ to take team forward

Date published: September 4 2020

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Departing deputy team principal, Claire Williams, says she is not the right person to take the team forward now that Williams is no longer family-owned.

After Dorilton Capital completed their takeover of Williams, Claire Williams said it was a case of the “status quo” at the team in terms of the management process at the Belgian Grand Prix.

But just one week later, the Williams family announced on the eve of the Italian Grand Prix weekend that they were stepping away completely from the Formula 1 operation, bringing an official end to an era with at least one independently-owned team.

Speaking about her own decision to leave the team, Claire Williams said she simply does not have the energy required to take the team forward now it’s no longer part of the family.

“I love this team, I will always love this team,” Claire Williams told Sky F1.

“I want to see it do well. I think anyone, I hope, can understand that me working for somebody else is potentially enormously difficult.

“I have run this team as my team for seven years and you put blood, sweat and tears into something like I have, for the time that I have, and made the sacrifices doing what we’ve done.

“This is a hard, hard business and I’ve given it my all.

“I’ve done that because I wanted to protect my family’s legacy in the sport. I’ve done it because I’m my dad’s daughter and I almost felt it was my duty to do this job.

“Now that the team is not ours. I don’t feel I can put the same amount of energy into it.

“The past few years have been incredibly tough. They have taken an awful lot out of me and, if I’m honest, I think Dorilton need someone with more energy than I’ve currently got. Somebody that can put in more than I can currently give it and to take it forward.

“They need someone to really drive the team forward and I don’t think I’m that person.

“I’ve always been very honest about my capabilities and I always thought I would know when the time would be right to hang up my boots and that does feel like now.”

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Williams said she was asked multiple times to stay by the new owners, but wants to concentrate on family life.

She added: “Dorilton wanted me and asked me to continue. They asked before the sale and after but I think a clean break is probably the best.

“It’s a bit like ripping a plaster off. You can imagine how hard this decision has been as I wanted to achieve so much more in the sport, but unfortunately that hasn’t happened for me.

“But I can go out of it knowing that I’ve done a few good things in this job. I haven’t got everything right by all means but I can go out hopefully with my head held up high and I can see what is out there in the big, wide world.

“And most importantly for me I can concentrate on being a wife and a mum for a bit which I haven’t done.”

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