Ecclestone hails departed friend Frank Williams – “He was too busy to give death an audience”

Bernie Ecclestone hailed his departed friend Sir Frank Williams, and called him a warrior of the time he lived.

Williams passed away peacefully, leaving the F1 world mourning. Tribute poured in from all over the world for the grand old man, with everyone unanimous in their praise for the motorsport icon.

The former team principal of Williams commanded respect wherever he went, and was also a great friend to many, including Ecclestone.

Ecclestone hailed his departed friend Williams, and called him an inspiration to everyone in the world.

“Frank was the toughest fighter I knew,” the former F1 boss said, as quoted by

“He loved Formula 1 more than anything – everything was subordinate to it. He was bankrupt more than once and had to endure a number of strokes of fate.

“Frank had to bury friends and icons who drove for him. Piers Courage, Roger Williamson, Ayrton Senna. After his own accident in 1986, he was closer to death than life for a long time and then he ruled from a wheelchair.

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“But he fought on to the last and never let himself be put off his path. And he showed the doctors that you can work miracles if you have an iron will.

“Frank was too busy to give death an audience,” he concluded.

Berger also pays his respects

Another F1 legend, Gerhard Berger, said he dealt with “many icons” of the sport throughout his career and life including Enzo Ferrari and Ron Dennis.

“But it was in combination with his handicap that Frank impressed me the most,” the Austrian told

“There are many businessmen who are only tough on others, but Frank started the hardship with himself.”

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