Whole Williams family to step away after Monza

Jamie Woodhouse
Claire Williams

Claire Williams has admitted her emotional farewell to her family’s Formula 1 team, which marked the end of an era, had “felt horrible”.

Claire Williams will leave her role as deputy principal of the Williams team following the Italian Grand Prix.

In fact, the whole Williams family will step away from the team after the Italian GP at Monza. It is truly the end of an era.

Claire Williams has served as deputy team principal since 2013, taking over from her father Sir Frank who founded the team in 1977.

The news comes after private equity fund Dorilton purchased the Williams team two weeks ago.

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“It is with a heavy heart that I am stepping away from my role with the team,” she said in a statement.

“I had hoped to continue my tenure long into the future and to preserve the Williams family’s legacy into the next generation. However, our need to find inward investment earlier this year due to a number of factors, many of which were outside of our control, resulted in the sale of the team to Dorilton Capital.

“My family has always put our racing team and our people first and this was absolutely the right decision. I know in them we have found the right people to take Williams back to the front of the grid while also preserving the Williams legacy.

“I have taken the decision to step away from the team in order to allow Dorilton a fresh start as the new owners. It has not been an easy decision but it’s one I believe to be right for all involved. I have been enormously privileged to have grown up in this team and in the wonderful world that is Formula One.

“I have loved every minute and will be forever grateful for the opportunities it has given me. But it’s also an incredibly challenging sport and I now want to see what else the world holds for me. Most importantly, I want to spend time with my family.

“I would like to thank Dorilton for their support and for understanding my decision. I would also like to thank our fans who have stuck by us through thick and thin.

“Our people at Williams have always been family, they have kept me motivated during the difficult times and it is them who I will miss the most. It is my genuine hope that the process we’ve gone through brings them the success they deserve. And finally, I would like to thank my Dad for everything he has given to the team, the sport and our family.”

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