An air of mystery surrounds Frank Williams. The most consistently successful Grand Prix team owner of the past twenty years, he remains impassive to success or failure. His gaunt expression - frequently caught on television as he sits, hunched in a wheelchair - conveys no emotion. Yet his actions have frequently caused a storm.
Williams is the only man to have either sacked or lost the services of four top-class drivers, including Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill, after they had won the World Championship.
Williams Grand Prix Engineering has won an unmatched seven drivers' titles and nine constructors' championships since 1980. Yet, despite each success, little is known about the team's founder. Maurice Hamilton's fascinating and insightful biography describes the struggle of a man besotted with motor racing, his passion for the sport bringing insolvency and hardship for many years before eventual victory.
Even then, the pleasure of winning was tainted with desperate sadness, Williams losing his close firend, Piers Courage, in 1970 and, more recently, Ayrton Senna. For Frank Williams, the loss of these drivers has been far more devastating than the road accident which left him a quadriplegic in 1986. What is it that drives a man who can be coldly unemotional and exceptionally rational? In this remarkable book, Maurice Hamilton provides us with the answer. Frank Williams' story is a tale of fortitude which has no equal in the management of motor sport - or, for that matter, any other business.
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