Claire opens up: Dad didn’t want any family involved

The former Williams F1 manager, Claire Williams, came in for a lot of criticism during her years at the head of the team founded by her father.

Forced in 2020 to sell the team to American investors to ensure its survival, the she never wanted to respond to criticism that suggested she had been favoured by her father to take over the management of the team.


“I worked with my father and that was one of the reasons I was in the job, because we are a family team and the people at Williams wanted the next generation of Williams to come and run the team and the family to always be involved. “she told The Spectator.


“That was the whole point. So anyone who criticizes the fact that I took over from my father completely misses the importance of family and of the future generations.”

However, Frank Williams was rather reluctant to put his children, and therefore his daughter, in his Formula 1 team:

“Daddy was clear enough; he was not into nepotism and did not want his children to be work at Williams. 

“My older brother was already working there and he didn’t like that his sister could work there one day. 

“But fortunately, after about three months of lobbying on the part of the marketing manager at the time, Dad reluctantly agreed to let me take over as marketing test. 

“And then of course the rest is history. I was still there some twenty years later. 

“I have always done what I was asked to do and I would have been happy to have worked for 20 years as a press officer at Williams. 

“It was a great place to work. It was such a privilege. I enjoyed every minute of it. ” concludes Claire Williams.

In 2020, the Williams team was sold to the American company Dorilton Capital, which wished to retain the name and name of the company. the team’s legacy.



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