Sir Frank Williams has decided that it is time for him to handover the reins of the team to next generation as he has announced that he is stepping down from the Williams board, but will remain as Team principal and will attend all the board meetings as the silent observer. His daughter Clarie Williams will join the board from April 1 as the director of marketing and communications.
Sir Frank Williams has founded the Team in 1977 along with Partick Head. Sir Frank Williams turns 70 in April and it was inevitable for him to continue looking at the jobs he is currently holding. Recently he admitted that Adam Parr in all likelihood will be his successor but refused to comment on when he will be stepping down as Team principal, a post that he has held ever since the incorporation of the team
Meanwhile there has a been a bit of praise for Clarie, Sir Frank Williams said, "It is no secret that Claire is my daughter but I am proud to say that she has fought hard to earn this appointment and of all the battles she has had to fight, the prejudices of her father were not the least challenging. I have come to the view that Claire, with her profound love and knowledge of the sport and the team, can do so and I am proud and delighted that the board has given her this opportunity."
Willaims Chairman Adam Parr added, "Claire has worked at Williams for 10 years, taking on increasingly demanding positions and demonstrating throughout all of the qualities needed in this critical role. Claire will be accountable for acquiring new partners for the Williams F1 Team as well as continuing to be responsible for ensuring effective communication about the team and the group as a whole. The board concluded that Claire's appointment would further strengthen its quality, diversity and effectiveness."