Silverstone and 50th anniversary for Frank Williams

Formula 1 returns to the Home of British Motor Racing, which hosted the first ever race in the premier class 69 years ago. It is also one of two home races this month for the team – the factories in Brackley and Brixworth are just a stone’s throw from the historic track. In recent years, the team has enjoyed many successes at Silverstone: between 2013 and 2017, the Silver Arrows won the British Grand Prix five times in a row, four of these victories going to local favourite Lewis Hamilton. The brand with the three-pointed star has a tally of eleven wins so far at Silverstone. For the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+, the race weekend marks the return to the location of its first public outing: it was at the shakedown around the Silverstone circuit on 13 February that the team showcased its tenth F1 car of the modern era. 

Sir Frank Williams, owner and co-founder of Williams Grand Prix Engineering, this year celebrates a record 50 years as a Formula One Team Principal. During this weekend’s British Grand Prix, scene of his and the team’s maiden victory 40 years ago, ROKiT Williams Racing will mark Frank’s achievements at Silverstone while Sky Sports F1 will screen a documentary on Saturday telling the story of a remarkable career so far…

Sir Frank Williams is and always has been in love with motor racing, from running around at boarding school imagining he was a racing driver to hitting the track in a short-lived racing career – “I was always going off the road!” Turning his attention to running a racing outfit proved inspired and three years after setting up Frank Williams Racing Cars, he bought a Brabham F1 chassis and entered the 1969 Formula One campaign.

Sir Frank Williams: “Fifty years in Formula One. Honestly, I haven’t thought about it very much. I can’t say I’ve loved every minute of it, because moments have been very difficult – I’ve lost my wife, I’ve lost drivers. But Formula One has been very good to me. I’ve always been nuts about speed, since when I was a boy, I’d drive around pretending I was a driver – that sort of nonsense. Patrick Head joining was significant, he was key in making this company what it is. We’ve had great success but there’s a well-known expression in F1: ‘You’re only as good as your last race.’ We will keep on fighting – and I’m not going anywhere yet.”