Williams Racing is planning for tributes in honour of Sir Frank Williams during the F1 Saudi Arabia GP this weekend after his death.
The F1 Saudi Arabia GP weekend started off with a sad news of the death of Williams co-founder Sir Frank after he was admitted to the hospital last week. The whole of motor racing community paid their homage via social media for the fallen legend.
They are expected to do more during the Saudi Arabia GP race weekend where Williams will run tributes for Sir Frank, even though the F1 team is now under the hands of Dorilton Capital. There won’t be livery change but his name is set to carried on both the cars.
Additionally, the team is likely to sport a black arm bands as we have seen in football and cricket. The Williams press release had a different touch for this weekend with the name of ‘Sir Frank Williams’ written on the header in all-blue colours.
F1 is expected to have a moment in his honour ahead of the grand prix on Sunday, with more details to come at a later stage. “The sad events of last weekend mean that this is our first race weekend without Sir Frank Williams as the patriarch and figurehead of the Williams organisation,” said Dave Robson.
“Although he had only very rarely been at the track in recent years, he still had a strong presence in the garage; his passion, strength and unstinting enthusiasm providing additional motivation to those of us fortunate enough to race the cars bearing his name. Although an era ended last weekend, Frank’s legacy will live on and we will continue to race in the manner that he would expect, drawing upon his memory as a source of pride and inspiration. We send the Williams family our deepest sympathies and reassure them that we will continue to honour his legend.”
One of the brightest tributes that Sir Frank is getting this year is seeing Williams finishing eighth in the constructors’ standings after ending up as last in recent years. They also returned to the podium this year courtesy of the unusual events in Belgian GP.
Here’s how the motorsport community paid their homage to him