The daughter of Sir Frank Williams, Claire, has been promoted to deputy team principal, the Williams F1 team has announced.
Having worked with the famous team for several years, Claire Williams has been promoted to the new role and will oversee the day-to-day activities of the team alongside her father.
Claire started as a press officer for the team in 2002, and, more recently, has been director of Marketing and Communications at Williams for the past year and has been responsible for continuing to develop the commercial strategy of the business and generating new revenue for the team.
She will retain her role as commercial director within the team, leading the marketing, communications and sponsorship functions of the business. Additionally, she remains part of the company’s board of directors.
“I’m truly honoured to be taking on the role of Deputy Team Principal and look forward to working alongside Frank to help run the team this season and beyond. I have grown up in the sport and have learnt the ropes from one of Formula One’s legendary Team Principals and as a result I feel well equipped for this new challenge. I understand the commitment that every person within the team gives each day to see our car out on the track and I am determined to see us back at the top,” she said.
“I don’t underestimate the challenges that lie ahead but I have the full support of the Board and a very talented Executive Committee who will be invaluable as I move forward in this role. It has been a sad month for my family and Williams as a company following the death of my mother, but as the season takes hold we must look to the future. It will be a privilege to play a part in taking the team into what I hope will be a successful next chapter.”
“Over the past decade Claire has worked tirelessly for Williams. Her knowledge of the sport and passion for the team is unquestionable and I’m proud to say that during her time here she has proven herself to be one of our most valuable assets,” Sir Frank Williams added.
“With Claire being appointed Deputy Team Principal, I know the future of Williams is in extremely safe hands. This appointment also had Ginny’s blessing who I know would have been incredibly proud to have seen Claire taking on this position by my side,” he concluded.