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Claire Williams becomes deputy team principal at Williams 27 Mar 2013

Claire Williams (GBR) and Frank Williams (GBR) Williams Team Owner.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice, Barcelona, Spain, Friday, 11 May 2012 Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams Renault FW35.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race, Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, 24 March 2013 Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW35.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Sepang, Malaysia, Saturday, 23 March 2013 Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams Third Driver and Frank Williams (GBR) Williams Team Owner at the Williams Team Photo.
Formula One World Championship, Rd20 Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 24 November 2012

Williams have announced that Claire Williams, the daughter of team principal and founder Sir Frank Williams, will become their deputy team principal with immediate effect.

Claire Williams, who has been the squad’s director of marketing and communications for the past year, will “play a pivotal role in the day to day running and long term development of the race team,” according to a statement released by Williams. “The position will strengthen the future of the team and create a clear succession path for Williams,” it continued.

The Grove-based squad had planned to announce the new appointment before the start of the 2013 season, but following the death of Sir Frank’s wife and Claire’s mother, Lady Virginia Williams, earlier this month, the announcement was delayed to afford the family privacy.

Speaking about his daughter’s new role, Sir Frank Williams commented: “Over the past decade Claire has worked tirelessly for Williams. Her knowledge of the sport and passion for the team is unquestionable and I’m proud to say that during her time here she has proven herself to be one of our most valuable assets.

“With Claire being appointed deputy team principal, I know the future of Williams is in extremely safe hands. This appointment also had Ginny’s blessing who I know would have been incredibly proud to have seen Claire taking on this position by my side.’’

Claire Williams, who began working for the team as a press officer in 2002, said that she wants to return Williams to the pinnacle of Formula One racing: “I’m truly honoured to be taking on the role of deputy team principal and look forward to working alongside Frank to help run the team this season and beyond.

“I have grown up in the sport and have learnt the ropes from one of Formula One’s legendary team principals and as a result I feel well equipped for this new challenge. I understand the commitment that every person within the team gives each day to see our car out on the track and I am determined to see us back at the top.

“I don’t underestimate the challenges that lie ahead but I have the full support of the board and a very talented executive committee who will be invaluable as I move forward in this role. It has been a sad month for my family and Williams as a company following the death of my mother, but as the season takes hold we must look to the future. It will be a privilege to play a part in taking the team into what I hope will be a successful next chapter.”

Williams currently sit in ninth place in the constructors’ standings having not scored any points in the opening two races of 2013.

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