Mike Coughlan has taken over the team principal role at Williams for one race only at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix this weekend, as both Frank and Claire Williams remain at home. The family are mourning the loss of Frank’s wife Ginny Williams, who lost her battle with cancer last week.
Many have paid tribute to Lady Virginia, who was a big fan of the sport, as well as a great support to Frank and the Williams team. McLaren chief Ron Dennis spoke fondly of her, saying she was: “...friendly and fun, yet also a tower of strength and intelligence. She’ll be missed not only by the Williams family but also by the entire motorsport community worldwide.”
Covering Frank Williams’ team principal role and Claire Williams’ marketing and communication duties, Coughlan will continue with his technical director work as well. He has said: “It’s for this weekend only, until Claire is able to come back. I am a great supporter of the family... I see this as a very temporary measure, I’m doing this to support Claire and Frank, and the whole family.”
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