Claire Williams becomes deputy team boss
27 March 2013 – Claire Williams has been announced as the Deputy Team Principal of the Williams F1 Team with immediate effect, a role that will see her work directly alongside founder and father Frank. Having joined the team back in 2002, she initially held a media position before being appointed Director of Marketing three years ago.
According to a statement issued by the Grove-based outfit on Wednesday morning, the newly created position was confirmed ahead of the 2013 season, but had been delayed after the death of Claire's mother, Lady Virginia. She has been given the title as part of what the team has described as "a clear succession path."
"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," Claire Williams said of her new position. "I have grown up in the sport and have learnt the ropes from one of Formula 1’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. 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."
Frank Williams hailed daughter Claire as one of the "most valuable assets" of the team, explaining that she holds all the qualities required to guide it forward.
"Over the past decade Claire has worked tirelessly for Williams," he said. "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."
Although she has become deputy team boss, Claire Williams will retain her Commercial Director role leading the marketing, communications and sponsorship side of the business and continue as a member of the company’s Board of Directors.