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Claire Williams to share duties with dad

The team's founder, Frank Williams, prepares the road for retirement.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

March 27th, 2013 (GMM).- Claire Williams is now the deputy principal of her father Sir Frank's eponymous formula one team. The team's founder daughter is in route to become the second women boss in the sport alongside Monisha Kaltenborn of Sauber.

In between Australia and Malaysia, we reported rumours that the 36-year-old was already essentially running the famous Oxfordshire based squad.

Officially, however, she remained just the commercial director, having quickly gained a few promotions in the past 18 months, including taking over from her father on the team's board.

On Wednesday, Williams announced that Claire is now the deputy team boss.

In the newly created role, she will "work alongside" her father "in the day to day running and long term development" of the team.

“I understand the commitment that every person within the team gives each day to see our car out on the track and I am determined to see us back at the top. I don’t underestimate the challenges that lie ahead but I have the full support of the Board and a very talented Executive Committee who will be invaluable as I move forward in this role.

"It has been a sad month for my family and Williams as a company following the death of my mother, but as the season takes hold we must look to the future. It will be a privilege to play a part in taking the team into what I hope will be a successful next chapter.” Claire Williams said.

Ms Williams joined her father's team as a press officer in 2002.

“Over the past decade Claire has worked tirelessly for Williams. 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.

"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.’’ Sir Frank Williams said on Wednesday.

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