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RIP Sir Frank Williams 1942-2021


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#1 JHSingo

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:28

Sad news just breaking in the last few minutes.

 

https://twitter.com/...8582462464?s=20

 

A legend of the sport. RIP. 



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#2 Ivanhoe

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:31

:,) RIP
 

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#3 Dhillon

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:33

Rest in peace, You will never be forgotten.

#4 Alfisti

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:33

Gee I was just wondering how he was doing. Remarkable man, tough to like at times but a remarkable man. A racer's racer.

#5 Ncedi

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:37

RIP Frank, a true legend.

#6 Viryfan

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:38

Rest In peace, he will never be forgotten.

 

Kind of ironic F1 is having a race in Saudi Arabia the year when Mansour Ojjeh and Sir Frank passes away.



#7 thefinalapex

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:39

A hard tenacious man who has made a great impact on the sport. Another childhood nostalgic hero gone sadly. Rest in peace sir frank.

#8 LightningMcQueen

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:39

RIP Sir Frank 😔

#9 New Britain

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:40

I had the privilege of having two private meetings with Sir Frank in his offices. Above all else, what most impressed me about that extraordinary man was his optimism, his beaming smile, and the sparkle in his eyes.

Here was someone who couldn't even move his arms, much less his legs, and yet by his attitude one would have thought that he was the luckiest man alive.



#10 SB

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:41

RIP  :cry:



#11 George Costanza

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:41

Legendary F1 owner. They don't make them like Sir Frank anymore. RIP.

#12 mp4x

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:41

Sad news, RIP.

#13 smitten

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:42

Sad news. 



#14 steferrari

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:43

Such a sad news.  :(
 
F1 has lost one of its legends today, but his spirit & legacy will live on forever.
 
Rest in peace Frank.
 
My deepest condolences to the whole Williams family.


#15 IrvTheSwerve

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:43

Very sad news.

 

’Legend’ is a word often overused in sports but he really is deserving of the title. 



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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:45

I thought this might be on the horizon when the team was sold and that Claire wanted to spend more time with him in his final years, so sad but I think he was the UK's longest living paraplegic, always in P1 Frank!!

 

Still the last pure privateer to come into the sport with nothing and go on to win titles, what a legend :cry:



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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:46

I have no words.  

Condolences to the Williams Family, the Williams Team and the F1 community.  This is a big loss.

 

RIP Sir Frank.  



#18 GlenWatkins

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:47

RIP to a true icon of the sport



#19 Viryfan

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:48

I had the privilege of having two private meetings with Sir Frank in his offices. Above all else, what most impressed me about that extraordinary man was his optimism, his beaming smile, and the sparkle in his eyes.

Here was someone who couldn't even move his arms, much less his legs, and yet by his attitude one would have thought that he was the luckiest man alive.

 

he also had a huge sens of humour about being in a wheelchair when he took part to the FOTA fan forum.



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#20 Sam1

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:49

Sad news RIP to a  icon of the sport



#21 #99

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:49

So sad. Williams was the team to beat when I began watching the sport.

 

RIP Legend.



#22 HerbieMcQueen

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:49

Tremendously strong man, with a very long and complex story. Well done Frank and thank you.



#23 Peeko

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:50

RIP Frank. Legend.



#24 Bliman

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:50

A total legend. Rest in peace and my condolences to family and friends. :cry:

To me, Frank Williams was synonymous with F1 and was part of my childhood and beyond when I watched F1.

A true legend.



#25 Oblivion

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:51

That's just terrible. RIP



#26 Beamer

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:51

Always been a williams fan ever since instarted watching in 1988. Was very sad to see them fade overnthe last years. Respect for the legend and all the best for the ones clode to him.

#27 Little Leaf

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:53

RIP, not many of my boyhood heroes left now.



#28 milestone 11

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:54

Very sad news. A true giant of the sport. RIP Sir Frank.

#29 YorkF1Fan

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:54

RIP, hope F1 does something for him at the next Race



#30 aray

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:54

RIP, the legend. I wish he died as William owner. That's my only tiny regret for the great man.



#31 PoliFanAthic

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:55

Terribly sad news! RIP

Edited by PoliFanAthic, 28 November 2021 - 14:55.


#32 New Britain

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:57

he also had a huge sens of humour about being in a wheelchair when he took part to the FOTA fan forum.

I can believe it!

What an inspiration he was to those who had suffered misfortune, and a lesson to those who had not suffered misfortune but were feeling sorry for themselves.



#33 New Britain

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:59

RIP, the legend. I wish he died as William owner. That's my only tiny regret for the great man.

But it's still called Williams, and I think that was more important to him.



#34 sabjit

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 14:59

Gutting news :(

Legend of the sport, F1 hasn’t and will not be the same without him.

#35 Fastcake

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 15:00

Such sad news. :(

Sir Frank lived a great life, even after his accident. Living to 79, being one of the most successful team principal’s of all time, a true racer and the last of the old style privateers. He’ll be missed.

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 15:04

A pure legend of the sport, one of the best privateers ever to rule F1.
A true race nut that breathed gasoline and ate tires marbles for beakfast.

I will remember Frank for having the best F1 team in the 80s en 90s. Everybody wanted to drive for him!
Just look at the stats:
 

Constructors Championships: 9 (1980, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997)
2nd in Constructors Championship: 6
3rd in Constructors Championship: 6
Driver Championships: 7 (1980, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997)

I feel that Williams could have won at least one title with BMW & Montoya in the early 00's, unfortunately it never materialised.

Show 'm in heaven Frank how it's done!

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#37 jjcale

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 15:04

He had a good long innings, considering that he was dropped in the slips by the Grimm Reaper about 3 and a half decades ago.

 

There is no need on a motor sport forum to say anything about his life and achievements... we all can probably recite most of the details.

 

So I would only say that ....IMHO... his was a life to celebrated, rather than a passing to be mourned ... even by friends and family, to whom no doubt we all wish condolences at this time.  

 

I am personally happy that he lived long enough to see the team he founded in good hands before he passed. I expect that gave him some comfort at the end.



#38 Dolph

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 15:05

RIP Frank Williams

#39 jjcale

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 15:07

RIP, hope F1 does something for him at the next Race

 

Oh definitely .... in a way its almost fitting that the next race is in Saudi.



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#40 pdac

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 15:08

R.I.P.



#41 Absulute

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 15:09

Incredibly sad news.

 

My formative years were spent watching the likes of HIll, Mansell and Prost drive his cars.  

 

RIP Sir Frank.



#42 Coral

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 15:10

Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear this news.

 

RIP Sir Frank. :cry:



#43 DinocoBlue

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 15:13

Such sad news.

 

F1 has lost another one of its true legends.

 

Thoughts to the family at this time.



#44 NoForumForOldPole

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 15:13

Rip 😢😭

#45 OneAndOnly

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 15:14

RIP Sir Frank Williams.
One of the icons of the sport gone. Feels like end of an era.

#46 PayasYouRace

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 15:14

Very sad news to log in to today. When it comes to F1, he did it right.



#47 Jovanotti

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 15:15

Damn, one of the all time great team principles along with Enzo Ferrari, Colin Chapman and Ron Dennis. Absolute icon. Rest in peace.

Edited by Jovanotti, 28 November 2021 - 18:21.


#48 RogerStone

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 15:16

 Legend.  RIP Sir Frank

 

  Truly a sad day for motorsport.    Condolences to his family and friends..

 
 
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#49 SparkPlug86

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 15:18

RIP Sir Frank... very sad news and thoughts with his family, friends and the team. Lost a legend today.



#50 Risil

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 15:21

Oh no. :(

Not a surprise, I guess, but he was a link to a glorious time in Grand Prix racing and had a glorious career in his own right. If you started following F1 in the 80s-early 2000s, which I reckon a lot of us did, there wasn't much that happened which didn't involve him in some way. I certainly feel in his debt for much of the joy that Formula One has given us.