THE story of Formula 1 luminary Sir Frank Williams has been recognised in an official documentary, premiering in London today.
The film, simply entitled Williams, is based on the 1991 book A Different Kind of Life written by Frank’s late wife, Lady Virginia Williams. Williams details not only Frank’s obsessive passion for motorsport, but also his family’s journey behind the scenes following Frank’s tragic, paralysing car accident.
“We are incredibly proud of the film and its enduring message of what the human spirit is capable of achieving in the face of adversity,” says Frank’s daughter and deputy team principal, Claire Williams. “I hope that it inspires people as much as my parents’ story inspires me.”
Featured in the film are F1 legends Sir Patrick Head, Sir Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet, plus racing footage and candid accounts of what really went on behind closed doors.
Williams Formula One was founded by Sir Frank 40 years ago. It has won nine constructors’ and seven drivers’ championships. Its first drivers’ title in 1980 was won by Australian world champion Alan Jones.
Other former Williams drivers include Keke Rosberg, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Jenson Button, Alain Prost, Nelson Piquet, Jacques Villeneuve and Ayrton Senna
Sir Frank, 75, is one of the most respected men in in the Formula 1 paddock. He was knighted in 1999.
“I hope this account of one man’s fearless pursuit of his dream to go racing also captures people’s hearts and inspires our fans,” says Claire.
“At the end of the day, they are the people who make the sport what it is, something Williams has never forgotten. This is the true story of their team.”
Williams drivers past and present are expected to attend the film’s opening in Mayfair, London. A general cinema release in the UK will follow, and on demand viewing from August 4th via Curzon Home Cinema online.