Russell leads tributes to departing Williams family

Date published: September 3 2020

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The whole Williams family will walk away from Formula 1 after the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. It is truly the end of an era.

Sir Frank Williams co-founded the Williams F1 team back in 1977 alongside Patrick Head, and since then the team have won 114 races, claimed 312 podiums and have nine Constructors’ Championships and seven Drivers’ Championships to their name.

But the company have now been taken over by Dorilton Capital and Claire Williams announced that following the Italian Grand Prix she will leave her role as deputy team principal as the Williams family walk away from Formula 1.

Williams were the last of the true family-owned teams in Formula 1, and tributes have been flooding in from the motorsport community.

For all the memories and iconic Formula 1 moments, we say thank you Williams!

Mercedes junior George Russell led the tributes having joined the team ahead of the 2019 season, making his Formula 1 and Williams debut at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix.

German racer Nick Heidfeld scored his only pole position in Formula 1 driving for Williams at his home race, the 2005 German Grand Prix. He scored three podium finishes with the team that year.

Daniel Ricciardo made his Formula 1 debut in 2011 and as a fan of the sport wanted to thank Williams for all their contributions to the sport over the years.

Ex-F1 driver turned pundit Karun Chandhok has been a Williams Heritage Driver since 2016.

Nicholas Latifi made his debut with Williams after being signed for the 2020 season.

Damon Hill’s World Championship came with Williams in 1996. He is looking forward to seeing what the future holds for his former team.

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