Timeline of a legend How the F1 pioneer made history
1977 Frank Williams founds a team in his name. 1980 Alan Jones wins world title as team sweep all before them. Williams also win first of their nine constructors’ championships. 1986 Williams is rendered tetraplegic after a road accident. 1987 Nelson Piquet pips team-mate Nigel Mansell to title.
1992 Mansell storms to the title with nine wins, the most by a driver in a single season. He leaves rather than being team-mates with Alain Prost. Prost wins the title in 1993.
1994 Ayrton Senna, who had joined Williams that season, is killed at Imola. Williams is charged with manslaughter but acquitted. Every Williams car since carries a logo as tribute.
1996 After twice missing out to Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill wins the world title.
1997 Jacques Villeneuve pips
Michael Schumacher to the title as team win ninth constructors’ crown. 2003 Juan Pablo Montoya comes close to winning Williams’ first title in six years but finishes third. 2006 Williams win just 11 points, worst since 1978. 2012 Williams steps down from board and is replaced by his daughter, Claire. He remains team principal.
2019 Williams finish 10th for second season. 2020 Team are sold to US investment firm Dorilton Capital. Sir Frank and Claire Williams to leave after this week’s Italian GP.
1980, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997.
Drivers’ Titles 1980 (Alan Jones), 1982 (Keke Rosberg), 1987 (Nelson Piquet), 1992 (Nigel Mansell), 1993 (Alain Prost), 1996 (Damon Hill), 1997 (Jacques Villeneuve).