Williams Martini Racing’s team principal Sir Frank Williams is being treated in hospital for pneumonia, the Grove based outfit’s chief executive officer Mike O’Driscoll has confirmed.
Speaking at the Mexican Grand Prix, O’Driscoll commented:
Frank was taken ill at Monza. He’s had a tough time in hospital, he’s contracted pneumonia. He is making a slow and steady recovery.
While Sir Frank recuperates in England, his daughter Claire who is the deputy team principal of Williams Martini Racing has remained in the UK to be with her dad.
O’Driscoll confirmed that Claire Williams should be back at the track for the season finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next month.
Sir Frank Williams is the co-founder along with former technical director Sir Patrick Head of Williams Grand Prix Engineering which the pair formed in 1977. The team currently field Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas.
Earlier this season, Felipe Massa announced he will retire from Formula One at the end of the season and the Grove based outfit who have confirmed they will make their driver pairing for 2017 public on November 3 are expected to promote their development driver, Canadian Lance Stroll to a race seat alongside Valtteri Bottas.
Paddock Eye would like to wish Sir Frank Williams a speedy recovery. Get well soon Sir Frank.