By Alan Baldwin ,Reuters
LONDON — The Williams Formula One team laid out their succession plans on Wednesday by appointing Claire Williams as deputy principal to her father Frank. The former world champions said in a statement that Williams, 36, would work with the 70-year-old team founder, who remains at the helm, in a ‘pivotal role’ in the day to day running and long-term development of the business. “The position will strengthen the future of the team and create a clear succession path for Williams,” the statement added.
Williams said they had planned to make the announcement before the start of the season in Australia on March 17 but decided to delay it after the death of her mother Virginia earlier this month. “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,” Frank Williams said of his daughter. “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,” added the Briton, who has been confined to a wheelchair since breaking his neck in a car accident in 1986.