Williams Formula One team founder Sir Frank Williams was admitted to the hospital, the team announced today. No specific reason for the hospitalization was given, but the team confirmed that he is currently in stable condition.
Williams, who is 78, founded the Williams F1 team in 1977 alongside engineer Sir Patrick Head. Since then, the F1 team went on to win nine constructors’ championships and seven drivers’ championships. Williams’ F1 chassis still have codenames that start with FW in Frank’s honor.
Williams’ eponymous F1 team also birthed Williams Advanced Engineering, which takes on go-fast projects ranging from Singer 911 engines to Formula E batteries and even 103-mph tractors.
Williams Racing posted the following statement on Frank’s condition on Twitter:
“Sir Frank Williams has recently been admitted to hospital where he is in a stable condition. Frank’s medical condition is a private matter and therefore the family will not be releasing any further details at this time.
We ask for you to respect the family’s privacy. The team will release a further update in due course.