Williams F1 founder and team principal, Sir Frank Williams has been leading his home-grown team for a very long time. In fact, it has been 50 years since Frank Williams founded the team and became the team principal.
To commemorate the occasion, the Williams F1 team have decided to pay a special tribute to the 77-year old. This weekend’s British Grand Prix, also marks the 824th race as team principal for Sir Frank.
“We are looking forward to our home race, facing the challenges of this iconic circuit and continuing our progress,” revealed Williams F1 senior race engineer Dave Robson.
“This will be George’s [Russell] first experience of a home Formula One race and the power of the local British crowd, and a great opportunity for him to understand how to harness this support.
“With this race so close to our base, we also welcome the fact that Sir Frank will be able to join us over the weekend as we celebrate his 50th anniversary as a Formula One Team Principal.”
Meanwhile, George Russell will also be gearing up for his maiden home grand prix in Formula One machinery. Russell is one of three drivers racing on British soil for ‘Best British driver’ bragging rights, along with Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris. However, on a realistic note, the idea is to be the second best Briton, as Hamilton is in far superior machinery.
“I am really looking forward to Silverstone as it will be my first home Grand Prix,” confessed the excited Williams F1 driver.
“I have a lot of good memories of Silverstone and it is my favourite circuit on the calendar. So, all in all, it should be a great weekend.”
However, there is only so much improvement the Williams F1 team can do since they are the worst team on the current F1 grid.