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(Formula 1)   William's health takes a turn for the worse, hits the checkered flag   (formula1.com) divider line
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2021-11-28 2:27:11 PM  
7 votes:
He once had a f1 Renault V10 installed on a mini van cause it was the closest he could get to driving one of his race cars

Rip go fast man
 
2021-11-28 3:48:10 PM  
5 votes:
The obit on the BBC is worth a read too: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/29861744
 
2021-11-28 3:41:17 PM  
3 votes:
Anyone that dedicates their entire life to speed deserves Valhalla
 
2021-11-28 6:00:14 PM  
3 votes:
It's a sad day for motorsport. Even sadder than the Williams F1 downfall over the past several years.

I hope the tribute to him at this weekend's grand prix (at a shameful location, but that's beside the point) is proper.
 
2021-11-28 3:34:15 PM  
2 votes:
If you've never seen the documentary (which is mostly based on the book his late wife wrote, which he famously said he never read), it's well worth it.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6981046/

He was incredibly driven, quite an asshole, and entirely to blame for the accident that left him a paraplegic. But he owned that, never complained about the change to his life that came about, and took his team to multiple world drivers and constructors titles.

(The rest of the documentary shows how his kids basically don't get on, it seems at least one of the boys expected the leadership of the team to pass to them when he retired, but he chose Claire instead, and it seems they weren't able to reconcile. Maybe they will now.)
 
2021-11-28 5:14:45 PM  
2 votes:
There's a video of Alan Jones testing a Williams that had no suspension, relying on just the flex in the tyres. Jones complained it was bumpy to drive. Williams suggest Jones sit on his wallet.

The last of the "garragistas" as Enzo Ferrari called them. Went from a dozen people racing a second hand car out of an old carpet factory to one of the most successful teams of all time.

/That was IMHO Franks downfall. He viewed drivers as disposable. A bunch of drivers won championships with Williams but were let go the following year and so couldn't defend their championships. Damon HIll won after he was fired and had to move to a second tier team. Mansell moved to Indycar.
Current Red Bull designer Adrian Newey left Williams because they fired Hill without consulting him, after him signing a contract promising him he'd be consulted.
 
2021-11-29 4:49:30 AM  
1 vote:

YabbaDabbaDouchebag: It's a sad day for motorsport. Even sadder than the Williams F1 downfall over the past several years.

I hope the tribute to him at this weekend's grand prix (at a shameful location, but that's beside the point) is proper.


Several years?

As a long suffering Williams fan, its been over 20.....

I must admit tho: I remember seeing their old turbo cars, the active cars and various V10's actually racing in their hey day. It was epic. Really epic.

...the noise the noise...
 
2021-11-29 9:53:28 AM  
1 vote:

Boomstickz: YabbaDabbaDouchebag: It's a sad day for motorsport. Even sadder than the Williams F1 downfall over the past several years.

I hope the tribute to him at this weekend's grand prix (at a shameful location, but that's beside the point) is proper.

Several years?

As a long suffering Williams fan, its been over 20.....

I must admit tho: I remember seeing their old turbo cars, the active cars and various V10's actually racing in their hey day. It was epic. Really epic.

...the noise the noise...


I wrote "several years" because they were getting podiums with Massa and Bottas during the turbo hybrid era as recently as 2016.

In 2017 or 2018, that's when the wheels seemed to come off... perhaps further.
 
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