Williams to turn 65 on Monday

Fri, 13 April 2007, 03:24

Sir Frank Williams has vowed to try and let his birthday pass without a mention when he flies back to Britain from Bahrain on Monday.

The eponymous boss of F1’s Grove based team, who has travelled to the Persian Gulf to oversee this weekend’s event, is turning 65.

“I hate all celebrations,” Williams, who has been confined to a wheelchair since 1996, smilingly told the news agency ‘sid’.

Williams’ current driver Nico Rosberg, whose father Keke won the title for Sir Frank in 1982, commented: “This man is easy to admire.

“He is still a really big F1 fan, but he can be difficult as well,” the German racer fondly said.

“If you’ve just done a bad session he doesn’t have to say a lot — you can see it on his face.”

After briefly working as a driver and a mechanic, Williams founded Frank Williams Racing Cars in 1966, finding success once he had teamed up with current team co-owner and technical expert Patrick Head a decade later.

He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1999.

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