Claire Williams reveals reasons for F1 exit ahead of final Grand Prix as a family run team

Claire Williams has spoken candidly to Sky Sports F1 about her reasons for stepping away from the team and Formula 1 - admitting she would have likely found staying into its new era under different owners "enormously difficult".
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  1. Jeff Galletta

    Jeff Galletta

    4 uur geleden

    Absolutely brilliant responses to painful questions. Claire Williams is a total class act (just like her mum).

  2. Mgal


    12 uur geleden

    Williams will forever be remember as a CLASS ACT Formula one racing team, they are classy and sport-passionate something to be proud of, specially in f1 bussiness. All the best to this team

  3. Leroy Carter

    Leroy Carter

    26 dagen geleden

    Having watched the Netflix series it was clear she was out of her depth. Nice lady but being the daughter of a racing legend doesn't make you qualified or capable of doing the same.

  4. jamiejosh96


    27 dagen geleden

    Most likeable I have ever seen Claire

  5. formulafan


    29 dagen geleden

    Had a hard week and this was just what I needed after this day to make it a bit better . Formula video + listening to the music I like (Delta Parole, Metallica and other) make me feel the speed and excitement!

  6. Keith Goslin

    Keith Goslin

    Maand geleden

    I love all the team owners and team managers in here. All of you should go run a team and I bet it would be an outstanding success. Clowns. I bet non of you have ever even been on a team let alone how it all works.

  7. special cook day

    special cook day

    Maand geleden

    For a sport that is mainly for guys. It's amazing how she ran her father's job for so long. Hope she would be happy about what she have done to the sport of men. Now there will be ladies who has a chance or taught about becoming a same position she done. Would want to do it as she did. Have a great life.

  8. 7orqu3


    Maand geleden

    She shouldn't have been given the team to lead in the first place.

  9. Paul Scarth

    Paul Scarth

    Maand geleden

    Had a massive lump in my throat watching recent interviews with Claire. Williams have been such a massive influence in the sport. To see her and the family leave the sport on what most will see a low point is SO sad. Least she's chosen to leave the sport for the right reasons. Good luck to her, Frank and the rest of the family. Hopefully the future of the team does her and the family proud. Have a fantastic retirement / future Claire. You and the family richly deserve it!! x

  10. Romy De Guzman

    Romy De Guzman

    Maand geleden

    Congratulations to Claire Williams for this honest and heartfelt interview, all the best in your future endeavours....

  11. D A

    D A

    Maand geleden

    Yes, massive respect, too many have got too much to say (negative) I so wished it would have come together better, innumerable reasons why it didn't, but imagine her stature if a little luck went their way (you know there's always at least a small element of that)

  12. Adam D

    Adam D

    Maand geleden

    Shafted Damon Hill after he became world champion Karmas a bitch.

  13. The KosH Plays

    The KosH Plays

    Maand geleden

    ridiculous that they wear masks when they are socially distant.

  14. Henry T

    Henry T

    Maand geleden

    I really hope they will keep the name William up. its been in F1 for a long time.

  15. Steve Fowler

    Steve Fowler

    Maand geleden

    The only way a family could own an F1 team today and be successful both monetarily and on the circuit would be if the principle owner also coincidentally was a genius Engineer/Aerodynamicist with the Systems Analysis/Program Management skills of the Apollo Moon shot team. Claire has some deep family loyalty but beyond that I don't think she brought anything to F1 (a Ph.D. Aerospace Engineer who works for a large American defense contractor's Missile System company.

  16. Wenceslau Melo

    Wenceslau Melo

    Maand geleden

    Claire is pure inspirarion!

  17. Tarek El-Maddah

    Tarek El-Maddah

    Maand geleden

    Never liked her father for what he did to Mansel ... still a sad day that last family team exits the sport ...

  18. lina nicolia

    lina nicolia

    Maand geleden

    Hey Claire, you should have given it a try behind the wheel to see what the real team is about. There is more to it than being a CEO, especially if your life is on the line. Yours never was. It was about business. Businesses come and go.......but good drivers do not.

  19. Audrey Christie

    Audrey Christie

    Maand geleden

    A credit to her Dad and a credit to herself, well said Claire.

  20. Marco Solo

    Marco Solo

    Maand geleden

    Why would you stick around in this kiddy car racing anyway

  21. Martyboy


    Maand geleden

    I absolutley love you Claire, enjoy your time off but please come back to F1 in a while, once you have gotten bored of a normal life, X

  22. Fast H Racing

    Fast H Racing

    Maand geleden

    However I guess you have to cash your chips in at some stage.

  23. Fast H Racing

    Fast H Racing

    Maand geleden

    ONE reason the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ she/they received

  24. Lakshith K S

    Lakshith K S

    Maand geleden

    finally, a mask that fits!!!

  25. Silas Mayes

    Silas Mayes

    Maand geleden

    Damn what an interview!

  26. Yotam


    Maand geleden

    I don’t like Claire

  27. LOT 6

    LOT 6

    Maand geleden

    Could of had a tiny bit of respect and honor and have let your brother have a go at the top job.

  28. L6915


    Maand geleden

    To be honest, once she realised she was not good enough (two years in) she should have resigned and found a good person to run it. She has damaged, perhaps irreparably, the Williams team and the livelihoods of it's employees. The fact that she unashamedly admits she only got the job because she is the owners daughter makes an absolute mockery of her appeals for gender diversity.

  29. j Cornish

    j Cornish

    Maand geleden

    This is the end game for f1. It can’t survive with antiquated ice’s and boring 1 or at best 2 comipetitive team races

  30. Ev Hartley-McD

    Ev Hartley-McD

    Maand geleden

    Claire Williams deserves a lot more respect for her contribution to F1 since taking over from her father. Such a good person will always be thought of positively. All the best to her and her future.

  31. Warwick Hewitt

    Warwick Hewitt

    Maand geleden

    It's a sad day for F1 losing another truly independent team as Williams. Big respect to Claire and Frank for their services to F1.

  32. Daltira


    Maand geleden

    She was fired.

  33. Alain Belanger

    Alain Belanger

    Maand geleden

    Today’s F1 It more the way it was Be proud. Go in politics.

  34. R S

    R S

    Maand geleden

    coz she sucks at the job, face facts

  35. Jonny O

    Jonny O

    Maand geleden

    Reason is simple. She is not her father and "formula one" is in the toilet. Actually it's good to see a former great team exit this now miserable auto event. Staying around longer would really have tarnished the team that frank built. RIP Williams, you gave us such wonderful memories over the decades

  36. MrGbustamante


    Maand geleden

    Very well said. She gets it.

  37. :Joe -bloggs.

    :Joe -bloggs.

    Maand geleden

    I can't watch this with the stupid mask on.

  38. Angga Yuda

    Angga Yuda

    Maand geleden


  39. J D

    J D

    Maand geleden

    Fare player to her. To run a team at the pinnacle of the sport is amazing



    Maand geleden

    Formula one has turned into a Media circus over the years .If it wasn,t for BERNIE -E. it would have ended years ago after some really bad crashes and team were struggling to fund rebuilding their cars and loaning tyres to other teams who didn,t have spares ones .If it wasn,t for men like FRANK- W COLLIN- C - JACK - B BRUCE- MC and others who were driven men , built cars to win on a budget . The Drives who passed away , so safety rules came in to protect every one in the sport which cost more money . The ingenuity that the teams have come up with over the years is staggering and the budgets get bigger .So I think Frank Williams and Claire have given it their best and achieved so much over the years .It,s better to go with Dignity than to be put on GARDENING LEAVE like RON DENNIS when he spoke out . Corporations and Accountants think they run every thing these days , BUT IT STILL TAKES ONE OR TWO PEOPLE TO START IT ALL OFF, with a passion.

  41. manjit Marwaha

    manjit Marwaha

    Maand geleden

    Head held where, your a spoilt little bratt

  42. manjit Marwaha

    manjit Marwaha

    Maand geleden

    Crap team management, I think thank god they've gone. I what a spoilt little pratt

  43. olusegun Ilesanmi

    olusegun Ilesanmi

    Maand geleden

    Very Classy Team leader. One of the very best in formula 1

  44. Jarle Øygarden

    Jarle Øygarden

    Maand geleden

    Massive respect❤️

  45. Alex Gibson

    Alex Gibson

    Maand geleden

    She’s a class act

  46. Kinjal Vyas

    Kinjal Vyas

    Maand geleden

    Williams always was a team so close to my heart I hope the new people run it well and hopefully they come up agian towards the front end of the grid.

  47. Dong Luc

    Dong Luc

    Maand geleden

    Sky gonna sign her anyway

  48. C SMITH


    Maand geleden

    No Claire, i'm currently 5th in points (F1 game Williams Car) going into Eifel GP this week & I just dl a great setup which we can be top 5 if ..w.e ....j/k :P Thank You for all the hard work & wishing you only the Best of things to come in the future~ C-H-E-E-R-S!! From Ft.Lauderdale, FL.

  49. Andy Bush

    Andy Bush

    Maand geleden

    That was a great interview from so many perspectives.

  50. Rutexas


    Maand geleden

    Watching people sitting way apart wearing masks is gettimg a little too ridiculous. F 1

  51. Der Panda

    Der Panda

    Maand geleden

    it's a real shame, but the fight they fought to keep going in recent years and the history that they've made has been beautiful.

  52. NCB


    Maand geleden

    Frank was a stubborn and reckless autocrat who couldn't bear the fact that he didn't achieve the success he thought he deserved, then fell out with his son, who should have been the one to go on and run the business and to spite him, placed Claire in control, who cluelessly ran the business down and ultimately into failure. Well done Franky! Happy Christmas.

  53. Kippers Mcgee

    Kippers Mcgee

    Maand geleden

    Claire is pure class!

  54. Bobby Baggs

    Bobby Baggs

    Maand geleden

    O man am I going to miss her! Love ya Claire and good luck in the future.

  55. Mralism


    Maand geleden

    My first ever formula 1 merchandise was a team Williams shirt..

  56. benno de bruyn

    benno de bruyn

    Maand geleden

    so its just ego.. well done lady.. you have ruined your legacy, not saved it.

  57. Ice Guy

    Ice Guy

    Maand geleden

    You don't need masks if you're ten feet apart!

  58. Adam Snyman

    Adam Snyman

    Maand geleden

    Thank you Williams family for your amazing effort and contribution to F1.

  59. alfonso santos

    alfonso santos

    Maand geleden

    Great boss. F1 needs more woman in top positions . 🙏🏼🌹

  60. Karl Meyer

    Karl Meyer

    Maand geleden

    Such a great interview, and she's such a class act. The sport is made worse by the exit of the Williams family, and the idea of a family run team that started from the bottom. I hope to see greater diversity in F1 from the typical corporate constructors, and hope maybe one day the barrier for entry into F1 is lower so if another family "startup" wants to get into it they can.

  61. sever 13 clouds

    sever 13 clouds

    Maand geleden

    She handled it and she is an inspiration to everyone. Hard work, sacrifice, being involved..fkn ey

  62. Kwale Ikafa

    Kwale Ikafa

    Maand geleden

    Claire we love you! You will be sadly missed!

  63. matthew 2779

    matthew 2779

    Maand geleden

    Why is she scratching her mask ? 😂

  64. matthew 2779

    matthew 2779

    Maand geleden

    Dude got fat af

  65. matthew 2779

    matthew 2779

    Maand geleden

    Kind of ironic to see Claire Williams wearing a Williams team shirt with a Mercedes AMG logo on it speaks volumes about this money grubbing sport don't it ? F1 destroyed williams. Funny how the team with the less money still has to buy Mercedes AMG Parts but can't win a race. That goes to show you what a joke Formula 1 is #WilliamsIsF1

  66. Chris Thomson

    Chris Thomson

    Maand geleden

    OBE for Claire , for her commitment and dedication to the sport , what an inspiration ..

  67. Silver Surfer66

    Silver Surfer66

    Maand geleden

    Thank you Claire

  68. DigzGuy


    Maand geleden

    In a sport and a world that puts winning above all else, I would say this to Claire Williams: Your worth as a person, and your legacy as team principal of Williams Racing, may not be about the things we're told matter. The podiums, the constructors' titles! The big sponsors! Your legacy is with the grace, dedication, doggedness with which you sought to keep your dad's team going. Your legacy is with the relationships with those men and women in the Williams Racing team over the years. It is perhaps giving others second and third chances they would never get anywhere else! You may not have a cabinet full of trophies, but you are an inspiration. Hold your head up high, and I do pray for the best for you. Good people are not easy to come across in this man eat man world, and confident that legacies mean more than trophies, podiums, and dollars, may your star shine on bright. Never ever look down on your journey, or let it be in any way be diminished by the titles you didnt win or the accolades you did not receive. Your journey is an inspiration to the 99% (that dont win) on how to live and lead when things aren't going well or according to plan! When I think of Williams Racing, it is your legacy I will remember! Shine on, wherever the journey takes you next!

  69. Tullochgorum


    Maand geleden

    What a dignified exit - respect!

  70. Stevie boy

    Stevie boy

    Maand geleden

    legends! they are the end of an era for me....true British family grit, ingenuity, drive, passion, integrity and above all else class!....f1 will never be the same. thanks for all you gave us and best wishes in all you do the williams family

  71. volkerc


    Maand geleden

    Sad day, sad times. I will always remember the great times with Nigel Mansell-

  72. Kolin Mademe

    Kolin Mademe

    Maand geleden

    Classy is in her DNA.

  73. Steven Silva

    Steven Silva

    Maand geleden

    Thanl Frank amd Claire... you will be missed

  74. Steven Macdonald

    Steven Macdonald

    Maand geleden

    Thank you to the whole Williams family. You have stood proud for so many years. So many iconic moments. You will be missed 🏁🏁🏁

  75. Michael Hipperson

    Michael Hipperson

    Maand geleden

    Such a shame that the family will no longer be associated with the team. If I had the money to buy out the outfit I would have put a clause in the contract to include the Williams clan in the day to day business!

  76. Teutone58


    Maand geleden

    This once glorious team had to be sold because of years of making too many bad decisions, which means bad leadership. I am puzzled by all the TV accolades of Claire Williams. No doubt she is passionate about the team, but the downward spiral began and continued under her stewardship. Being the back marker of the field, despite having the Mercedes engine? All accolades should be directed to a deserving Frank Williams, a true racer and motorsport guy. The Family is very fortunate to have come out of this with a pile of money. At least the Williams name will continue in Formula One.

  77. John Presnell

    John Presnell

    Maand geleden

    She's definitely a first-class lady. I'm going to miss seeing her. Sucks

  78. Ethan Caban

    Ethan Caban

    Maand geleden

    I think people forget that Claire has been in charge for 7 years, and in that time they had 15 podiums and two 3rd place finishes in the constructors. Once ahead of Ferrari, and once ahead of Red Bull. Not a bad job from Claire if you ask me.

    • Jonny O

      Jonny O

      Maand geleden

      It's called franks legacy

  79. Eric Pease

    Eric Pease

    Maand geleden

    nice watch!

  80. cj mead

    cj mead

    Maand geleden

    I will miss seeing her and Sir Frank in the paddock on race day.

  81. 868686mauro


    Maand geleden

    Damn shame.

  82. Archie Redman

    Archie Redman

    Maand geleden

    I wish everyone would have been behind Claire the way they are now right from the start,I wish I could accomplish what she has. I hope Frank Williams is doing well these days, we sure sure miss seeing him.To the Williams Family, thank you for the memories. C.A.M Wpg Canada.

  83. Joe


    Maand geleden

    Great team.

  84. stevejh69


    Maand geleden

    Class act from a Class lady. Thanks you Williams.

  85. Marty McFLY 1985

    Marty McFLY 1985

    Maand geleden

    Williams put family loyalty ahead of what was best for the Long-term Future of Williams F1 Team and Performance Package and this is the net result contrast that to McLaren who put Teams Future ahead of loyalty to long time Team Principal Ron Dennis who McLaren management thought Ron Dennis was holding the team back McLaren put F1 Team Future 1st unlike Williams who put Family loyalty 1st and what was Best for the long-term future of the Team 2nd And where are McLaren now and where are Williams now Italian GP Sainz 2nd with 18 points and where was Williams ZERO POINTS Need i say anything more

    • Doctor Dirk

      Doctor Dirk

      Maand geleden

      Thats a bit unfair on Ron Dennis after all the Honda/Senna glory he was only trying to repeat it with a Honda/Alonso package, and it must have looked good on paper but Honda grossly underestimated the challenge and Alonso behaved like a selfish, imature, spoilt kid!.

  86. Doctor Dirk

    Doctor Dirk

    Maand geleden

    They would'nt allow Adrian Newey or Paddy Lowe to buy into the team, instead they sell to a bunch of money lenders with absolutly no knowledge, experience or passion for the sport and since nepotisem put Claire in command, they've won precisely nothing!!!!!! It's a tough old world, and company's usually go down the pan because they deserve to.

  87. Paul Mace

    Paul Mace

    Maand geleden

    Very honest interview 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 will be missed by the true F1 fans 🏆🏎 wish the Williams family all the best 🏁

  88. Drew Gifford

    Drew Gifford

    Maand geleden

    she will be missed... x

  89. Anthony Manson

    Anthony Manson

    Maand geleden

    Thx "Williams"for all this moment!!

  90. Koolerking


    Maand geleden

    Afraid to say Clare’s legacy would be the decision a few years ago to force Williams to build all their parts, trying to keep the old dream of being a contractor, which isn’t how F1 works these days.

  91. L D

    L D

    Maand geleden

    What a smart, eloquent, balanced, modest woman. Such a shame she doesn't think she's done a good job, I disagree.

  92. John Hodgetts

    John Hodgetts

    Maand geleden

    Well, I hope Williams' ability to find a worthy buyer is better than their ability to find a Chief Technical Officer...

  93. YellowDieselGolf


    Maand geleden

    I met Claire a few times at the track and she is probably the nicest, warmest and friendliest person in F1. She was very generous and spent a lot of time with the fans. F1 is a poorer place now that she’s moved on.

  94. Remco


    Maand geleden

    I can't stop wondering what would've been if she only agreed to become a mercedez B-team..

  95. cmcwilliams120


    Maand geleden

    Walking away a proud owner and a female owner in a male dominated industry. Cheers to you and the Williams family.

  96. Frank Nicholas Dale

    Frank Nicholas Dale

    Maand geleden

    Claire Williams is very honest , obviously very passionate of a Williams and the sport , her openness and direct approach is a reflection of Claire’s integrity more than you can say about the media,s towards her over the last few years.

  97. sürünen adam

    sürünen adam

    Maand geleden


  98. Heidelbergaren


    Maand geleden

    Worldclass CEO

  99. Peter


    Maand geleden

    Maybe the new owners of Williams might try and recruit Vettel for next year .... A Russel and Vettel combination would definitely speed up the development of the new car ...... after all Vettel does own Nigel Mansell's famous No 5 Title winning Williams now days....

  100. D ARVS

    D ARVS

    Maand geleden

    Easy answer. Can’t afford it anymore.