This morning in London there was a Memorial Service at St Paul’s Church in Knightbridge, to celebrate the life of the late Ginny Williams, the wife of Sir Frank Williams, who died in March. The attendance served to underline Ginny’s influence within the sport, attracting an array of top names including current team bosses Christian Horner, Ross Brawn, Toto Wolff plus an array of other racing names including Sir Jackie Stewart, Paddy Lowe, Ron Dennis, Adam Parr, Patrick Head, Adrian Newey, Max Mosley, Sam Michael, Mike Coughlan and Frank Dernie. Valtteri Bottas was there, along with Williams World Champions Damon Hill and Nigel Mansell, plus Jenson Button, John Watson, Karun Chandhok, plus Piers Courage’s son Jason. Even the FIA sent a representative.
Ginny’s brother Jamie announced that henceforth the F1 cars will carry a special butterfly logo remembering a remarkable woman. This weekend the team celebrates its 600th Grand Prix and will feature a special livery for the occasion featuring the names of all 691 Williams employees at the moment.
The course of its 600 races, the team has won 114 race victories and 16 World Championship titles, nine for the Constructors’ Championship and seven Drivers’ titles.
“For an independent team like Williams to reach 600 races at the pinnacle of motorsport is a remarkable achievement,” said Sir Frank Williams. “Seventy-eight teams have come and gone or changed ownership since our foundation and our longevity is a testament to the thousands of people who have sacrificed so much to keep us here. It seems only right to mark this milestone at the home of British motorsport alongside our loyal British fans.”