16 interesting facts about Williams, the once-dominant F1 team
LONDON - It’s the end of a Formula One era following the announcement this week that Claire Williams will step down after Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.
This follows the sale of the team to US-based Dorilton Capital, the former champions announced on Thursday.
Williams, officially the deputy to her 78-year-old father Frank who no longer attends races and is also leaving, effectively ran the British-based team whose sale was announced last month.
The once-dominant but now-struggling team has not won a grand prix since 2012 and is currently last and without a single point.
The family's departure marks the end of an era after 43 years and 739 Grands Prix.
Below are some interesting facts about the team’s history:
1979: First race win, at the British Grand Prix with Swiss driver Clay Regazzoni.
1980: First world championship, a drivers' and constructors' double with Australian Alan Jones.
1981: Second constructors' title.
1982: Finland's Keke Rosberg, father of 2016 champion Nico, wins the drivers' title despite having only one race victory.
1986: Third constructors' title. Frank Williams is injured in a car accident after testing in the south of France, damaging his spinal cord and becoming tetraplegic.
1987: Williams returns to the helm after his accident. Title double with Brazilian Nelson Piquet.
1992: Title double with Britain's Nigel Mansell after a dominant year with the team taking 10 wins and 15 poles.
1993: Title double with Frenchman Alain Prost
1994: Brazilian triple champion Ayrton Senna dies in a crash at Imola. Williams end the season as constructors' champion.
1995: The team moves to its current factory at Grove.
1996: Title double with Britain's Damon Hill. The team wins all but four races and score more than twice as many points as runners-up Ferrari. Hill then leaves.
1997: Title double with Canadian Jacques Villeneuve, the team's last crowns.
2012: Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado wins the Spanish Grand Prix, the team's most recent victory, from pole position.
2013: Claire Williams appointed deputy principal, taking over day-to-day running of the team.
2018: Williams is 10th with seven points
2019: Williams is again 10th, this time with one point