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F1 legends pay tribute to Sir Frank Williams

The Memorial Mass of Thanksgiving at Westminster Cathedral was timed for the day after the British GP so as permit as many F1 regulars as potential to be current.

Over 600 folks attended the service, with many previous Williams F1 drivers among the many well-known names in attendance, together with Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Jenson Button, Valtteri Bottas, Nick Heidfeld, Martin Brundle, Antonio Pizzonia and Jonathan Palmer. Different notable drivers current included Mika Hakkinen.

The F1 organisation was represented by Stefano Domenicali and Ross Brawn, the latter having began his profession within the sport with the Wolf-Williams crew in 1976.

Obituary: Sir Frank Williams

Present and previous crew bosses current included Ron Dennis, Eddie Jordan, David Richards, Christian Horner, Andreas Seidl, Otmar Szafnauer and Jost Capito.

There have been additionally dozens of present and former Williams crew members within the congregation from all areas of the organisation, led by Sir Patrick Head and Adrian Newey.

Sir Frank Williams memorial service

Sir Frank Williams memorial service

Photograph by: Adam Cooper

Head learn a eulogy, noting at first that “Frank would have hated a eulogy” and insisting that he had as an alternative written an appreciation.

He recalled that he had left motor racing to be able to construct a ship when Williams acquired in contact with him in 1976. He drove a £40 Renault four to their first assembly at a London lodge, the place he was supplied a job that he subsequently accepted, and which led to a partnership that spanned 4 a long time.

Head recalled that Williams “was like Tigger for individuals who have learn Winnie the Pooh – filled with vitality however not all the time well-directed,” including that, “his vitality was infectious and enthused the entire crew.”

Head concluded by saying “wherever your spirit is I hope you continue to hear the sound of racing engines on the restrict.”

Frank’s brother-in-law Jamie Berry additionally learn a eulogy on behalf of the Williams household, stressing how essential his late sister Ginny was each in serving to to construct the crew and within the aftermath of the 1986 highway accident that left Frank paralysed.

Sir Frank Williams memorial service

Sir Frank Williams memorial service

Photograph by: Adam Cooper

Ron Dennis gave a studying, whereas journalist and former Williams crew member Peter Windsor learn To Autumn by John Keats, one among Frank’s favorite poems.

Following the service company gathered on the Royal Car Membership in Pall Mall, the place Clay Regazzoni’s FW07, which scored the crew’s first F1 win at Silverstone in 1979, took satisfaction of place.

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