28 Mar 2013

Claire Williams set to take over F1 team

6:50 pm on 28 March 2013

The Williams Formula One team has laid out their succession plans by appointing Claire Williams as deputy principal to her father Frank.

The former world champions say 36-year-old Williams will work with the 70-year-old team founder, who remains at the helm, in a 'pivotal role' in the day to day running and long-term development of the business.

Claire Williams has been director of marketing and communications for the past year, responsible also for developing the team's commercial strategy and generating new revenue, after starting as a press officer in 2002.

The team says she'll start her newly created role with immediate effect while retaining the position of commercial director.

If she does eventually take over from her father as team principal, Williams will not be the first woman to run a Formula One outfit. Swiss-based Sauber already have Monisha Kaltenborn as principal.

Williams, winners of nine constructors' and seven drivers' world championships between 1980 and 1997, have yet to score a point in two races this season with Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado and Finnish rookie Valtteri Bottas.

The team finished eighth overall in 2012.