Williams bought by US investment firm

“This may be the end of an era for Williams as a family owned team, but we know it is in good hands.”

Last Updated: 21/08/20 9:59am

The Williams Formula 1 team have been bought by US-based investment firm Dorilton Capital after being put up for sale in May.

The announcement of the purchase comes in the week that all 10 F1 teams signed up to the new Concorde Agreement governing the sport, which has been designed to ensure a more level-playing field in the future.

The Williams name will remain in place, with the new owners saying they have no plans to relocate from their traditional base in Grove, Oxfordshire.

A statement from Williams said: “This marks the beginning of an exciting new era in the history of Williams, which with its new owner, is well positioned to capitalise upon the sweeping rule changes coming into Formula One with the new Concorde Agreement.”

Williams have won seven drivers’ championships and nine constructors’ titles since entering the F1 grid in 1977, but the last of those came with Jacques Villeneuve behind the wheel in 1997 and it is hoped fresh investment for the team can get them back towards the front of the grid.

“As a family we have always put our team first. Making the team successful again and protecting our people has been at the heart of this process from start,” said deputy team boss Claire Williams.

“This may be the end of an era for Williams as a family owned team, but we know it is in good hands. The sale ensures the team’s survival but most importantly will provide a path to success.”

Williams finished last in the Constructors’ Championship in both 2018 and 2019, with the team currently the only one yet to score a point this season despite an improvement in performance.

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