It’s just been announced that Sir Frank Williams is to stand down from the board of Williams Grand Prix Holdings, with effect from the end of March 2012. At the same time it has also been announce that Sir Frank’s daughter Claire williams will take a position on the board as director of Marketing and Communications.

Within the space of 2 months both the co-founders of this legendary F1 team have now left the board and handed control over to a new generation. It’s always sad to see someone of Sir Franks’s stature leave a company but I think in the last 12 to 18 months he has done so much to ensure the longevity of his company. By recruiting the likes of Mike Coughlan, Jason somerville to the team Sir Frank has strengthened the team for the future.

From humble beginnings in an old carpet warehouse WilliamsF1 has grown into a major player in the F1 scene, although 2011 was recorded as statistically the worsed year for the team it remains at the heart of the sport, its personnel well respected throughout the sport, some of which have worked for the company from day 1.

In 1979 Patrick Head and Sir Frank created the FW07, this was to be their first winning car taking the honours at their home GP at Silverstone, from that day there was no looking bad. The team got the winning bug and continued to win races and championships for the best part of 2 decades, the last championship being Jacques Villenuerve in 1997.

Since then the team has had mixed fortunes with a number of engine manufacturers from Cosworth to BMW and Toyota. 2012 sees the team re-united with Renault the engine supplier that they created some many of there records with, along with a rejuvenated design and aero team Williams look set to start getting back to their glory days. it wont happen overnight but Sir Frank has always been in the game for the long haul,handing the reins of the company over to a younger generation is the next step in teams continuing involvement in the sport.

Williams F1 is in safe hands, It’s Own. and long may it last. As still the only truly independant team ion the grid they should be cherished and respected in equal manner.To Sir Frank, i hope you enjoy a less hectic life but I’m sure he’ll be keeping an eye on the team and congratulations to Claire Williams on her appointment.