• 20 Questions: Frank Williams

'If I wasn't in F1 I would still be selling soup'

Claire Furnell December 16, 2009

Every time ESPNF1 catches up with a driver or celebrity we pose our light hearted 20 questions. In the first of the series we speak to the team principal of the longest running independent team in F1 - Sir Frank Williams.

Frank Williams in one of his favourite jumpers © Getty Images
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What is your most memorable race so far and why?
Canada 1980 as we won the title with Alan Jones

If you could ask for any car for Christmas - what would it be and why?
I have no aspirations in that area

What is your favourite item of clothing?
My jumpers

What goes through your mind during the last lap of a race?
Please don't break down!

Who is your hero and why?
I admire Bernie Ecclestone a great deal, and Margaret Thatcher

What do you do to relax?
Listen to classical music

What is your worst habit?
Bad language

If you hadn't made it to F1 what would you be doing now?
Selling soup! [Frank's first job was as a trainee sales representative for Campbell's soup]

If you could interview anyone involved in F1 who would it be and what would you ask them?
Pass

Oversteer or Understeer - Choose?
Oversteer

What's your goal in life outside of motorsport?
Keeping my family happy and in the UK

Frank Williams jogs with Alan Jones in 1978 © Sutton Images
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What is your biggest fear or phobia?
Failing in Formula One

Are you a good passenger?
Reasonable

What rule would you like to introduce into F1?
I would demand that circuits are designed to promote overtaking

What quality do you most dislike in a person?
Laziness

Do you have any superstitions?
No

What is your least favourite circuit?
All have good points so I don't have one

Who is your favourite driver?
Currently? Lewis Hamilton

Who will win the drivers' championship in 2010?
It's too difficult to call as we haven't seen the new cars. If I were to have a stab in the dark? Lewis

Who will win the constructors' championship?
That is certainly too hard to say, but Williams certainly have aspirations

Claire Furnell is the senior editor of ESPNF1

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