Frank Williams making ‘slow, steady recovery’ from pneumonia

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Formula 1 team owner Sir Frank Williams is making a “slow, steady recovery” in hospital after contracting pneumonia.

Williams, 74, fell ill over the Italian Grand Prix weekend in September, prompting his daughter and deputy team principal of Williams Martini Racing, Claire, to remain in the UK for the past few races.

Group CEO Mike O’Driscoll appeared in Friday’s FIA press conference ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix, where he provided an update on Frank Williams’ condition.

“Frank, as you know, was taken ill at the Monza race. He’s been a fixture in the paddock for so many decades now it’s strange not to have him with us,” O’Driscoll said.

“He’s had a tough time in hospital. He has contracted pneumonia. He is making a recovery, a slow steady recovery. We hope to see him back at Grove very soon. We all know how determined he is.

“[Claire] has wanted to stay close to home, close to Frank, but in this modern world you are only ever a phone call away, so we stay connected and she’s part of everything that happens on a minute-by-minute, day-by- day basis.

“We hope to see her by the end of the year and hopefully that will be Abu Dhabi.”