The racing Williams family ended their association with Formula One on Sunday with an understated result at the Italian Grand Prix that reflected their recent fortunes and a pledge from one of their drivers to “drive like hell to honour the name”.
After 740 races, 114 victories, 128 pole positions and 16 world championship titles, team founder Frank Williams and his daughter Claire, who had been running the team as deputy team principal, severed their connection.
Their departure, following the team’s sale to the American investment group Dorilton Capital, also marked the end of an era for F1 as Williams were the last team in the sport under British ownership.
On track, Canadian rookie Nicholas Latifi finished just outside the points in 11th position while Briton George Russell was 14th
Both gave heartfelt tributes to the Williams family from their cars on team radio during the slow-down laps after the