“How dare they?” The leader of Formula 1, Claire Williams, accusing herself of becoming a mother, has caused her team’s decline with an emphasis on a “shameful 19th-century stance”
- Claire Williams, 43, took control of the family business from her father
- Williams led them to third place in the championship the following season
- Last year they were nailed with one point at the bottom of the table
- F1 bosses have informed teams to insist that the first three races of the season take place
The most prominent woman in Formula 1, Claire Williams, has criticized the accusation of sport in the “shameful 19th century” that her mother becoming the cause of her team’s decline.
Williams, 43, took over control of the family business from her father, Sir Frank Williams, in 2013.
She led them to third place in the championship the following season. Last year they were nailed with one point at the bottom of the table.
The most prominent woman in Formula 1, Claire Williams, has criticized the attitude of the sport
Williams had her first child, a son, Nate, in October 2017.
She said, “I had someone tell me that many people in the paddock think that the team started doing badly when I became pregnant and had a baby. How dare they. Woe to me when I walk the paddock with my child.
“I have to hide that I am a mother trying to lead a Formula 1 team.
“Williams is not doing well because I have a child.
Williams, 43, took over control of the family business from her father, Sir Frank Williams, in 2013
“There are nine other team leaders in F1 and I am sure the majority of them have children. Would you ever point that criticism at them? Can I not have a child because I am a woman running a Formula 1 team? It is a disgraceful attitude – throughout the 19th century.
“I work seven days a week, almost all year round, and if I didn’t bring Nate to a handful of races, I’d rarely see him. But that also makes me critical. You can’t win. “
Williams (right) said: “I would like to walk through the paddock this year to show that a woman can be a woman, can be a mother and still be able to successfully lead an F1 team.”