Deputy team principal of the Williams team, Claire Williams, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list, recognising her for services to Formula One. Claire admitted she was surprised but proud to be added to the growing collection of F1 names with honours from Her Majesty, and said: “I’m extremely lucky that I get to do a job I love. To be able to play a role in a family legacy is an enormous privilege and one I don’t take for granted.”
Claire started at the Williams team in the communications and marketing departments and has worked her way up to deputy team principal, becoming a spokesperson for the squad.
“Formula One and Williams are great success stories for the UK and I will continue to use my role to help showcase what a great sport F1 is, what a brilliant platform for this country’s expertise in high class engineering it is, as well as a place that welcomes women across all of its disciplines.” There’s still quite a lot of work to do on that last one, I think.
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