Sir Lewis Hamilton penned an emotional tribute to the late Sir Frank Williams after he passed away peacefully on Friday.
F1 lost one of the most influential people in its history when Williams departed for his heavenly abode. He was admitted into hospital for his health issues, but unfortunately couldn’t beat death like he had done before.
Tributes poured in from the paddock and from the rest of the world after news of Williams’ passing was announced. Among those who honoured the departed legend was the seven-time world champion.
Hamilton penned an emotional tribute to Frank Williams, and hailed him for the impact he had on his life as a mentor and a friend.
“I feel so honoured to have called him a friend. What he achieved in this sport is something truly special.
Sir Frank Williams was one of the kindest people I had the pleasure of meeting in this sport. What he achieved is something truly special. Until his last days I know he remained a racer and a fighter at heart. His legacy will live on forever. pic.twitter.com/NDIwIvzZCl— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) November 28, 2021
“Until his last days, I know he remained a racer and a fighter at heart. I have utmost respect and love for this man, and his legacy will live on forever.
“You will be missed Frank, but I will see you on the other side. My thoughts and prayers are with the Williams family.”
Williams’ death was announced on Sunday afternoon in an official statement, two days after he was admitted into hospital.
“It is with great sadness that on behalf of the Williams family, the team can confirm the death of Sir Frank Williams CBE, Founder and Former Team Principal of Williams Racing, at the age of 79,” the statement read.
“After being admitted into hospital on Friday, Sir Frank passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by his family.
“Today, we pay tribute to our much loved and inspirational figurehead. Frank will be sorely missed. We request that all friends and colleagues respect the Williams family’s wishes for privacy at this time.”