Williams to honour Lady Virginia in Australia
14 March 2013 – Williams personnel will honour the late Lady Virginia Williams, wife to Team Principal Sir Frank Williams, at this weekend's Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Ginny, as she was known among friends and team members, passed away in the family home last Thursday night at the age of 66, having battled cancer for two and a half years.
With Sir Frank Williams and daughter Claire remaining in Great Britain for the opening race, Technical Director Mike Coughlan has taken over on a temporary basis.
"Ginny was a great person," Coughlan told the Press Association. "She always said she was Williams' number one fan for two reasons: one, she was the first fan, and secondly, she cared more than anyone. So there's great sadness within the team. We obviously have to move on, but I hope we do well this weekend in Ginny's memory.
"We will wear black armbands, probably for race day only. When you go to a game of football the match is the only time a black armband is shown. We want to be sure of the correct etiquette. Our belief is race day is for the true show of affection and condolence. We will check with Frank and Claire, but the current plan is Sunday only."
Lady Virginia Williams' funeral is scheduled to take place next Thursday.