Sir Frank Williams in an icon in Formula One and a highly beloved figure on the F1 grid. He is a former racing driver and the founder of the Williams F1 team. However, in 1986, he suffered a spinal injury, which confined him to a wheelchair. He founded Williams F1 in 1966 and is now celebrating his 50th year as team principal. To help him in the celebrations, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was roped in.
The 5-time F1 World Champion and the 9-time Constructor’s Champion went for a special lap of the Silverstone circuit. Before they set off, deputy team principal Claire Williams jokingly told Hamilton that they need two laps to convince him to join Williams from the Mercedes. She said, “You must be bored of winning, come see what you can do in our car.”
— ROKiT WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) July 14, 2019
Needless to say, Sir Frank had a lot of fun, as did Lewis Hamilton, who noted that the Mercedes road car had a lot less grip that his race car. Midway through the lap, Lewis Hamilton and Sir Frank realized that the brakes were shot as the car began to step out.
Finally, that single lap ended, but both occupants were in the mood for one more and they did just that. Then, Hamilton decided to switch things up by drifting into the corner, to Williams’ delight. Finally, to cap things off, the British driver ended the run with a few donuts before returning to the garage.