Claire Williams Admits to Receiving a ‘Lot of Abuse on Social Media’

Published 01/31/2021, 2:40 AM EST

Claire Williams spent eight years as the deputy team principal for Williams F1 racing. During her tenure, the British racing team went through a tough time, and the family recently transferred ownership of the team to Dorilton capital.

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She took over the responsibility of the team in 2013. The multiple championship-winning outfit has been finishing last in the standings since 2018. In a recent interview, Claire defended her term as the team’s deputy principal.

She said, “You make decisions at the time because you think they’re right decisions and sometimes those decisions don’t go your way and that’s what happened in my case.”

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 12: Nicholas Latifi of Canada and Williams looks on during a press conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit on March 12, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

“I got a lot of flak for it, I got a lot of scrutiny for it, I got a whole lot of abuse on social media, apparently, on social media. I couldn’t listen to that noise. That, for me, would have taken up a huge amount of negative energy and I needed to focus on my team.”

Claire Williams believes she could have changed the team’s fate

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Williams F1 team has attained great goodwill over the year, owing to Frank Williams and Patrick Head. However, towards the end of Claire’s term, the team looked close to its demise, and for the team’s sake, they had to let go.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Williams’ George Russell during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

However, she clarified she could’ve helped the team out of the rut. “I think I could’ve done it. If I was given some more time and I had the money. But we didn’t have the luxury of huge title sponsor or a car manufacturer plugging a $100 million into the team year on year,” she said.

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Claire Williams explained she learned a great deal and became more resilient through her term at Williams. The team’s current principal, Simon Roberts, stated that she is still welcome at the team.

Even though she’s no longer with the team, Claire hopes that with the ownership change will allow Williams to plow their way up to the championship once again. Do you believe Williams will get out of their slump this season?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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