Frank Williams leaves hospital after recovering from pneumonia

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Williams Formula 1 deputy chief Claire Williams has confirmed that her father and team founder, Frank Williams, has left hospital after recovering from pneumonia.

Williams was taken ill over the Italian Grand Prix weekend at the beginning of September after contracting pneumonia, leading to a lengthy stint in hospital.

Williams was discharged from hospital on Monday, as confirmed by Claire Williams at the team’s 2017 driver announcement in Oxfordshire, England on Thursday.

“I’m very pleased and happy to say he’s now back home and back at the factory with us,” Williams confirmed.

“He came out of the hospital on Monday. As everybody is aware, he contracted pneumonia after the Italian GP and he has been in hospital ever since the start of September.

“It was a slow recovery but I’m really pleased to say he’s pretty much back to the old Frank we know and love. It’s lovely to have him back with us and the team.”

Williams announced on Thursday that 18-year-old Lance Stroll would be joining the team’s race line-up for 2017, partnering Valtteri Bottas.