Frank Williams, the founder of Formula One outfit Williams Racing, has died at the age of 79, the team announced on Sunday (28 November).
Williams built his team into a dominant Formula One force in the 1980s and 1990s, winning win nine constructors' world championships and seven drivers' titles, although the most recent triumphs came in 1997.
The Englishman stepped down from the board of Williams Formula One in 2012 and his family ended 43 years of involvement in the team last year, following its sale to Dorilton Capital.
Williams had used a wheelchair since being injured in a car crash in France in 1986.
"The Williams Racing team is truly saddened by the passing of our founder Sir Frank Williams," the team said in a statement.
"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."
According to F1.com, a statement from the Williams Racing F1 team said: "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."
F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali said: "This morning Claire Williams called to inform me of the very sad news that her beloved father, Sir Frank Williams, had passed away.
"He was a true giant of our sport that overcame the most difficult of challenges in life and battled every day to win on and off the track. We have lost a much loved and respected member of the F1 family and he will be hugely missed.
"His incredible achievements and personality will be etched on our sport forever. My thoughts are with all the Williams family and friends at this sad time."
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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.— Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing) November 28, 2021
We are filled with the most immense and deep sadness at the passing of Sir Frank Williams— Formula 1 (@F1) November 28, 2021
His was a life driven by passion for motorsport; his legacy is immeasurable, and will be forever part of F1
To know him was an inspiration and privilege
He will be deeply, deeply missed pic.twitter.com/48JhruQpLK