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.
ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).
“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.
“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”
For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.
“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.
“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”
Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.
“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.