It is with great relief that I hear Sir Frank Williams has been discharged from hospital and is ‘on the mend’ according to a statement released by his family.
Having been admitted to hospital earlier in December, it was feared that 78 year old Sir Frank – founder of one of Formula 1’s most iconic teams – would spend Christmas in hospital. Thankfully though, he was back at home on Christmas Eve to continue his recuperation.
“We’re delighted to say that Sir Frank has been discharged from hospital and is now on the mend at home. The Williams family would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time, and to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.” the Williams Formula 1 Team said on Twitter.
The details of Sir Frank’s spell in hospital are being kept a private matter by his family, and as such it’s not appropriate to speculate any further, other than to say I hope it’s nothing too serious and that he makes a full and swift recovery!
Jarrow born Sir Frank Williams relinquished his control of Williams – the team he founded with Sir Patrick Head in 1977 – after a number of difficult seasons for the outfit, both on and off the track.
Williams remain one of the most successful Formula 1 constructors, winning 16 titles in the 1980s and 1990s, and whose wins record has only recently been surpassed by the Mercedes, shuffling them down to fourth in the all-time wins table, with Ferrari and McLaren heading the list.