Lewis Hamilton has posted an emotional tribute to Sir Frank Williams following his death. Williams, the founder and former team principal of Williams Racing, died at the age of 79 on Sunday.
Tributes have poured in from the world of F1 following the news of Williams’ passing.
And seven-time world champion Hamilton has now reflected on his social media accounts.
Hamilton described Williams as “a friend” and says he remained a racer at heart up until his death. Hamilton wrote: “Sir Frank Williams was one of the kindest people I had the pleasure of meeting in this sport, always had time for me and always without judgment.
“I feel so honoured to have called him a friend. What he achieved in this sport is something truly special.
“Until his last days I know he remained a racer and a fighter at heart. I have utmost respect and love for this man, and his legacy will live on forever.
“You will be missed Frank, but I will see you on the other side. My thoughts and prayers are with the Williams family.”
Williams’ death was announced in an official statement on Sunday afternoon after he was admitted into hospital on Friday.
The statement read: “It is with great sadness that on behalf of the Williams family, the team can confirm the death of Sir Frank Williams CBE, Founder and Former Team Principal of Williams Racing, at the age of 79.
“After being admitted into hospital on Friday, Sir Frank passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by his family.
“Today, we pay tribute to our much loved and inspirational figurehead. Frank will be sorely missed. We request that all friends and colleagues respect the Williams family’s wishes for privacy at this time.
“For those wishing to pay tribute, we ask that donations are made in place of gifts to the Spinal Injuries Association. Alternatively, we would welcome flowers to be placed at the entrance of the team’s headquarters in Grove, Oxfordshire. Details of the memorial service will follow in due course.”
Williams’ current CEO and team principal Jost Capito also paid tribute to Williams in a statement.
“The Williams Racing team is truly saddened by the passing of our founder Sir Frank Williams,” Capito said.
“Sir Frank was a legend and icon of our sport. His passing marks the end of an era for our team and for the sport of Formula 1.
“He was one of a kind and a true pioneer. Despite considerable adversity in his life, he led our team to 16 World Championships, making us one of the most successful teams in the history of the sport.
“His values including integrity, teamwork and a fierce independence and determination, remain the core ethos of our team and are his legacy, as is the Williams family name under which we proudly race. Our thoughts are with the Williams family at this difficult time.”