SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) – The British Grand Prix at Silverstone has always been a season’s highlight for Frank Williams and this weekend is no exception even if his 50th year in the sport sees his team last and without a point.
Formula One’s longest serving team boss, now 77, is back in the team garage for the first time since last year’s race at Silverstone.
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“He doesn’t travel as he used to so he comes to Silverstone,” said daughter Claire, who effectively runs the team but carries the title of deputy principal. There has never been any question of her father stepping down.
“We’re hoping he will come to Spa this year as well because you can drive there. So we’re putting those plans in at the moment.”
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Williams has been quadriplegic and in a wheelchair since a road accident after leaving a test in southern France in 1986, a year that ended with his team as constructors’ champions and heading for an era of dominance in the 1990s.
The glory days are far in the past for the winners of nine constructors’ and seven drivers’ titles between 1980 and 1997, but Silverstone has a special place in the team’s history.
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The current Williams team, winners of 114 races, were founded by Frank Williams and Patrick Head in 1977 and took their first grand prix triumph at Silverstone in 1979 with the late Swiss Clay Regazzoni.
“For Frank, it’s all about the future, but that was the start of what has been a phenomenal career in this sport,” said Claire.
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