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Sport Claire Williams admits self-doubt: "Maybe I should have given up"

16:00  26 february  2021
16:00  26 february  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Für Claire Williams verging die Zeit als Teamchefin rückblickend wie im Flug © Motorsport Images For Claire Williams, the time as team boss passed in retrospect like in flight

In the 2020 Formula 1 season ended with the takeover of Williams by Dorilton Capital and the associated departure of the Williams family from the premier class an era. Claire Williams was also the only female team boss in the Formula 1 paddock to take off her hat and leave the field to his successors.

In the ' Racing Lives ' podcast, the British woman reveals how she is doing today: "I haven't been in Formula 1 for a few months now. But sometimes I think back to it and think: 'My God, I have really managed a Formula 1 team? ' Even if it was only for a short time, "Williams looks back.

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The 44-year-old had taken over the management of the traditional British racing team in March 2013 as co-team boss, her father Frank Williams was most recently the official team boss. After almost eight years in office, she announced her final resignation for the Italian Grand Prix on September 6, 2020 in Monza.

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"It's fascinating when you have the time to look back on it now," says Williams, and admits, "I usually think to myself, 'Oh my God.' Most of the time, I feel ashamed of it. "Did I really do this to people? Was I an idiot? Did I even have the right to be in that position?" All of these things. "

Nevertheless, she says: "I gave everything. I don't think I could have given more. Towards the end, when it was really difficult, last year and also the two before, I blossomed because it was a challenge, to get through this. " The team's financial situation had been strained for years.

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Giving up was not an option for Williams. "I can be pretty stubborn. You can ask my parents or anyone else who knows me: I never give up," says the British woman of herself and, with today's knowledge, questions: " Maybe I should have done that. Me don't know. But these are exactly the questions I'm asking myself now. "

"Some people liked that I was a woman"

Williams sometimes still can't quite believe that she even made it to the top of a Formula 1 team: "I still have to pinch myself, that I ever got that role. I started out as junior press officer and worked my way to the top! "

The name certainly helped me. "People liked the idea that another Williams would keep going after Frank," says Williams. "Also, some people liked that I was a woman. They thought that having a woman in that position would be different and give the team a little more power."

She describes her work primarily as a "desk job". "You're not a mechanic or something. But it is physically exhausting to lead a Formula 1 team. You sit on the plane all the time - not just to the races. In between you fly to meetings and to other countries. (.. .) There is no time out, no lunch break. "

is now in charge of operations by Simon Roberts

You are constantly confronted with a wide variety of demands: "In a minute you are talking to a driver who wants more money. Or there is a problem with the seat or the guys downstairs tell them to No bolts from the factory. You have to be able to mentally juggle everything at the same time. "

Still, Williams says, "I loved it and I miss it. It was great and I wish I could have gone on." After their withdrawal, the team opted for an in-house solution and made Simon Roberts team boss. He originally joined Williams as Managing Director in May 2020.

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