Frank Williams likes the paint job on his Formula 1 team’s new cars – which is fortunate for daughter and deputy team principal Claire, who says she would have been fired if he hadn’t.
Williams have switched from their traditional navy-and-white colour scheme to sky blue and white for 2019.
It is one part of a new era for a team without a grand prix win since 2012.
“Frank loved it, and you might be surprised to hear that,” Claire said. “I was a little nervous presenting it.”
The British outfit, founded by Frank more than 40 years ago, have won a combined 16 driver and team titles but finished bottom in the constructors’ championship last season.
Williams’ new title partner, telecommunications company ROKiT, is expected to add substantial investment to a team that will begin the season with British rookie George Russell alongside Robert Kubica, who is back on the grid for the first time after a crash eight years ago.
“We are telling the world a very clear story and clear message as to where we are as a company,” added Claire, who said moving away from the team’s traditional colours shows they are a “fresh, revitalised brand”.
“Frank is very traditional and protective of the traditional navy blue and white, but also understanding of the arguments behind the change.
“He is fully behind it. I am still here, and if he didn’t like it, he would have fired me.”
“It is important to try and build a great relationship with the team and show what I can do on track as well as behind the scenes,” said the Englishman, who turns 21 on Friday.