Some will say that this news was inevitable given that the team was bought in its entirety, but it still comes as a shock to think of the sport without Sir Frank. Frank Williams founded Frank Williams Racing Cars in 1966, running various drivers in Formula 2 until 1969 when the chance to run a Brabham chassis in Formula 1 presented itself. After nearly a decade with various drivers and various cars and sponsors, and having sold the original Williams team to Walter Wolf, Williams and engineer Patrick Head founded Williams Grand Prix Engineering in 1977. It is the same team that races in F1 today.
Since the team’s founding there have been nine constructors’ titles, seven drivers’ championships, 114 race wins and 312 podiums, with drivers including Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Alan Jones, Keke Rosberg, Nico Rosberg, Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet, Mark Webber, Juan Pablo Montoya and Clay Regazzoni.
Since the initial announcement, Williams has revealed three new faces to the team's managment. The first is the chairman of Dorilton Capital Matthew Savage, the second Dorilton's co-founder Darren Fultz, and the third is James Matthews, CEO of Eden Rock Group, an investment advisory firm in London, and also brother-in-law to Prince William, having married Pippa Middleton, the sister of William's wife, Kate. Only Matthews has any motorsport experience, having won the British Formula Renault championship and the Formula Renault Eurocup in 1994. Similarly, Toto Wolf was a racer who turned investor, having raced in single seaters before moving into finance before he bought a stake in Williams in 2009.
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