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Sir Frank Williams passes away at the age of 79

It has been confirmed that Sir Frank Williams, the Founder of the Williams F1 team, has passed away.

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Sir Frank Williams, the Founder and former Team Principal of the Williams F1 team, has passed away at the age of 79.

A statement from the team said that Williams was admitted to hospital on Friday, and passed away peacefully today surrounded by his family.

"Today we pay tribute to our much loved and inspirational figurehead," the statement reads. "Frank will be sorely missed.

"We request that all friends and colleagues respect the Williams family's wishes for privacy at this time."

"An icon of the sport"

Williams CEO and Team Principal Jost Capito has paid tribute to Williams.

"The Williams Racing team is truly saddened by the passing of our founder Sir Frank Williams," Capito stated.

"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.

"His values including integrity, teamwork and a fierce independence and determination, remain the core ethos of our team and are his legacy, as is the Williams family name under which we proudly race.

"Our thoughts are with the Williams family at this difficult time."

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