Former F1 team owner Sir Frank Williams has died aged 79.
In a statement announcing the passing of the team founder, Williams said: "It is with great sadness that on behalf of the Williams family, the team can confirm the death of Sir Frank Williams CBE, Founder and Former Team Principal of Williams Racing, at the age of 79.
"After being admitted into hospital on Friday, Sir Frank, passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by his family.
"Today we pay tribute to our much loved and inspirational figurehead. Frank will be sorely missed. We request that all friends and colleagues respect the Williams family’s wishes for privacy at this time.
"For those wishing to pay tribute, we ask that donations are made in place of gifts to the Spinal Injuries Association, alternatively we would welcome flowers to be placed at the entrance of the team’s headquarters in Grove, Oxfordshire. Details of the memorial service will follow in due course."
Williams had stepped down from the team board in 2012 although remained in place as team principal with his daughter Claire Williams holding the position of deputy team principal from 2013.
The Williams family stepped away from F1 in 2020 when Dorilton Capital acquired the nine times constructors' championship-winning team with Jost Capito later taking up the post of team principal.
“The Williams Racing team is truly saddened by the passing of our founder Sir Frank Williams," said Capito.
"Sir Frank was a legend and icon of our sport. His passing marks the end of an era for our team and for the sport of Formula 1.
"He was one of a kind and a true pioneer. Despite considerable adversity in his life, he led our team to 16 World Championships making us one of the most successful teams in the history of the sport.
"His values including integrity, teamwork and a fierce independence and determination, remain the core ethos of our team and are his legacy, as is the Williams family name under which we proudly race.
"Our thoughts are with the Williams family at this difficult time.”
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