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Key highlights of Williams’ F1 history after Sir Frank Williams dies aged 79

Sir Frank Williams, who has died at the age of 79, will be remembered as a pioneer of Formula One.

Williams Grand Prix Engineering was founded in 1977, with a first F1 victory coming when Clay Regazzoni won the British Grand Prix two years later.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look back at some of the highlights of Williams’ F1 history, which saw them secure nine Constructors’ Championships between 1980 and 1997.

From humble beginnings to top of the world

Frank Williams (left), owner of the F1 World Championship-winning team shakes hands with Frank Andrew, of sponsors Leyland Vehicles

Frank Williams (left) saw Alan Jones (centre) lift the Formula One Drivers’ Championship title in 1980 (PA Archive)

Williams had already tried to establish F1 teams with Frank Williams Racing Cars and Wolf–Williams Racing before the 1977 venture with automotive engineer Sir Patrick Head.

The new team’s first race was at the Spanish Grand Prix, and after beginning to manufacture their own cars, it was Swiss driver Regazzoni

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A giant in the car dealership business, Billy Fuccillo, dies

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — For close to four decades, Billy Fuccillo operated car dealerships in New York and would pitch buyers “yuuuuuuge-jahhh” savings in television and radio ads. He died Thursday at 65-years-old, his attorney said.

Robert Scalione, who was his lawyer for some 20 years, told the Albany Times Union that Fuccillo’s health had been declining for an extended period.

Based in Syracuse, Fuccillo Automotive Group was the largest privately owned dealership in New York state at its peak, the newspaper reported.

His gregarious presence in television ads and creative ploys to sell cars meant he was well-known in cities and towns across the state.


“I was having dinner in Saratoga last night and people kept coming up to my table, asking for autographs, shouting ‘huuuuuge!’ I get that wherever I go,” Fuccillo told the newspaper in a 2008 interview.

“People could laugh at him but, you know what?

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