Have some spare time on your hands today? Check out Williams a documentary on the famed Williams F1 team and the life of Frank Williams. The documentary became available on Netflix US this weekend and it’s worth the 1 hour and 44 minutes of your life it will take up.
Everyone knows about Frank Williams the F1 car owner. The man responsible for the careers of Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet, Keke Rosberg and countless others. He watched Ayrton Senna die behind the wheel of his race car, although they don’t talk about that. He won a World Championship with Jacques Villeneuve in 1997 and hasn’t won one since. Something that you can see bothers both him and daugther, Claire.
In recent years Williams has been a mid-pack team fighting to rejoin the upper echelon of Formula One. A team operating on half the budget of Ferrari, Mercedes, and Red Bull. But a team with a lot of heart, a lot of passion and determination.
Claire Williams heads up Williams F1 now while Frank attends as many races as he can. They dive into the deep divide between Claire and her older brother Jonathan. One leads the race team while the other oversees the Heritage Collection furious he wasn’t the one given the reins of the operation.
An in-depth look at Frank’s car crash that ultimately bound him to a wheelchair for the rest of his life was fascinating but heartbreaking at the same time. It feels like I’m writing the bio on this documentary for the production company to convince people to see this film. All Formula One fans have a soft spot for Williams in their hearts.
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