Frank Williams recovering from pneumonia
29 October 2016 – Sir Frank Williams is recovering from pneumonia, the outfit has confirmed.
Williams, whose team arrived on the Formula 1 grid in the 1970s, has maintained a regular paddock presence, despite handing over the day-to-day running to daughter Claire three years ago.
However, both have missed recent races, and Williams Group Chief Executive Officer Mike O'Driscoll has revealed that the 74-year-old was taken ill at September's Italian Grand Prix.
"He's had a tough time in hospital, he's contracted pneumonia," said O'Driscoll.
"He is making a recovery, a slow and steady recovery, and we hope to see him back at [the Williams team's headquarters in] Grove very soon – we all know how determined he is."
O'Driscoll added that he expects Claire Williams to return by the end of the season.
"We expect Claire to be back at a race, she's wanted to stay close to home, close to Frank, but you are only a phone call away and we stay connected," he went on to comment.
"She's part of everything that happens on a minute-by-minute and day-by-day basis. We hope to see her by the end of the year and hopefully that will be [the finale in] Abu Dhabi."