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F1 | Frank Williams In 'Stable' Condition In Hospital + Other News

Over the last couple of days, the Williams family have confirmed legendary team owner Sir Frank Williams has been admitted to hospital, with the veteran boss describe as in a 'stable' condition.
  • Sir Frank, 78, in stable condition.
  • Jost Capito confirmed as new CEO.
  • Simon Roberts takes the permanent Team Principle role.
Legendary Williams Grand Prix Engineering founder and team boss Sir Frank Williams is currently in a stable condition in hospital according to the Williams family, with further details about the condition of the 78-year-old, or the reason for his hospitalization having yet to be revealed.

On Tuesday, a statement from the Williams family said:

“Sir Frank Williams has recently been admitted to hospital where he is currently in a stable condition.

"Frank’s medical condition is a private matter and therefore the family will not be releasing any further details at this time.

"We ask for you to respect the family’s privacy. The team will release a further update in due course. Thank you."



In other Williams news, the former Championship winning outfit have confirmed stand-in Team Principle Simon Roberts will take over the role on a permanent basis from next season, with former VW motorsport and McLaren boss Jost Capito as its new Chief Executive Officer, taking control at the team from February next year as the British outfit continue their rebuilding and restructuring efforts of recent seasons.

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“It’s a great honour for me to join Williams Racing during these exciting and demanding times for both the team and for Formula One" Said Capito during the recent press release. "It is an honour to be a part of the future of this storied team, and one that carries such a poignant name in the sport, so I approach this challenge with great respect and with a huge amount of relish.”

Williams have enjoyed much improved form during the 2020 season, despite failing to score a World Championship point, and will once again field drivers George Russell and Nicholas Latifi in the Formula One World Championship next season.


For more news and discussion about the world of Grand Prix racing, head over to the Formula One sub forum here at RaceDepatment now, and start up a new thread today!

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I've been following F1 since 2001 or 2002, but growing up on those seasons, I was more interested in Ferrari, McLaren and then, Renault. It wasn't until F1 games started showing classic cars (F1 Championship Edition, that is) and then I started playing on PC that I didn't really realized how important Frank Williams and his team were to F1 (special shootout to rF1's 1979 F1 mod, since you had to start your "career" on a Williams).

My best wishes to sir Frank Williams.
 
Williams successes were less about Frank and more about Patrick Head and Adrian Newey. If Franks management style and endless broken promises didn't drive Newey away, maybe they'd still be winning races. He treated his drivers like crap as well. Williams was mis managed from well before the time his daughter took over.

He was certainly the driving force that got Williams going (although Patrick Head was the genius behind the operation), but his management style never adapted to cover the fact Patrick took a few steps backward and he could no longer fully rely on his genius to pull the team through. Luckily, he hired another genius in Newey but unfortunately treated him with the same contempt he treated everyone else with and hence here we have the net result.

I think we all wish Sir Frank a quick recovery.

Capito is a top notch hire. This can only be good for Williams and I wish him all the best. It was great to see his leadership drive Volkswagen to the dominant success they had in WRC. Lets hope some of that rubs off onto the new Williams group with successes on track.
 
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On a purely selfish level. Hang in there, Frank. You've still got work to do. And in all seriousness. Get well soon, Frank. You've still got work to do.
 
Williams successes were less about Frank and more about Patrick Head and Adrian Newey. If Franks management style and endless broken promises didn't drive Newey away, maybe they'd still be winning races. He treated his drivers like crap as well. Williams was mis managed from well before the time his daughter took over.

He was certainly the driving force that got Williams going (although Patrick Head was the genius behind the operation), but his management style never adapted to cover the fact Patrick took a few steps backward and he could no longer fully rely on his genius to pull the team through. Luckily, he hired another genius in Newey but unfortunately treated him with the same contempt he treated everyone else with and hence here we have the net result.

I think we all wish Sir Frank a quick recovery.

Capito is a top notch hire. This can only be good for Williams and I wish him all the best. It was great to see his leadership drive Volkswagen to the dominant success they had in WRC. Lets hope some of that rubs off onto the new Williams group with successes on track.

Jesus dude. Kick him while he's down.
 

Nick Hill

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Williams successes were less about Frank and more about Patrick Head and Adrian Newey. If Franks management style and endless broken promises didn't drive Newey away, maybe they'd still be winning races. He treated his drivers like crap as well. Williams was mis managed from well before the time his daughter took over.

He was certainly the driving force that got Williams going (although Patrick Head was the genius behind the operation), but his management style never adapted to cover the fact Patrick took a few steps backward and he could no longer fully rely on his genius to pull the team through. Luckily, he hired another genius in Newey but unfortunately treated him with the same contempt he treated everyone else with and hence here we have the net result.

I think we all wish Sir Frank a quick recovery.

Capito is a top notch hire. This can only be good for Williams and I wish him all the best. It was great to see his leadership drive Volkswagen to the dominant success they had in WRC. Lets hope some of that rubs off onto the new Williams group with successes on track.

Sorry, but I have to stick up for Frank. The man, through sheer grit and determination, willed into existence one of the winningest Formula 1 teams of all time. A team which won 9 constructors championships across 2 distinct eras after early struggles - even failures - that would have left most mortals disheartened, if not outright broken.

Did he attract, hire, and push to the absolute limit a host of brilliant on and off track talent that went on to bring him loads of glory and accolades? Yes, guilty as charged!

If anything, Formula 1 became broken, not Frank. Things have gotten progressively more "corporate" over the years and, yes, possibly that has lead to Formula 1 no longer being the kind of place for a Frank Williams to make a name for themselves.

That makes me sad and the thought of the sport becoming increasingly populated by Toto Wolff clones - with their $200 haircuts, slick political manueverings, and board of directors pleasing soundbites - does not fill me full of optimism for the future of the sport.

So I say thank you, Frank. Formula 1 would not have been the same without you.
 

G-Slev

Rubbish Racer & Amateur Motorsport Photographer
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Williams successes were less about Frank and more about Patrick Head and Adrian Newey. If Franks management style and endless broken promises didn't drive Newey away, maybe they'd still be winning races. He treated his drivers like crap as well. Williams was mis managed from well before the time his daughter took over.

He was certainly the driving force that got Williams going (although Patrick Head was the genius behind the operation), but his management style never adapted to cover the fact Patrick took a few steps backward and he could no longer fully rely on his genius to pull the team through. Luckily, he hired another genius in Newey but unfortunately treated him with the same contempt he treated everyone else with and hence here we have the net result.

I think we all wish Sir Frank a quick recovery.

Capito is a top notch hire. This can only be good for Williams and I wish him all the best. It was great to see his leadership drive Volkswagen to the dominant success they had in WRC. Lets hope some of that rubs off onto the new Williams group with successes on track.

You do know that Williams had won three world championships before Newry had even come along?

And you do know that Frank set up Williams twice having lost it all to Walter Wolf? Before Patrick was even involved in motor racing?

Frank and Patrick are were a brilliant team, complementing each other well. Newry was only at Williams for six years or so.

I really wonder if you know anything about pre 90s F1.
 

G-Slev

Rubbish Racer & Amateur Motorsport Photographer
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That's not Nigel. I think it's Karun Chandhok.



Deplorable.

I'm not sure he meant it the way it read - an unintentional faux pas perhaps.

Sir Frank is a fighter - he's the longest surviving person with his medical issues in the world, and resilient as nails. Anyone who is British and follows Motorsport loves Williams, so let's all hope Frank is out of hospital soon.
 
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