Claire Williams (motorsport)
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Claire Williams

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Williams at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Born (1976-07-21) 21 July 1976 (age 44)
EducationNewcastle University
Marc Harris
(m. 2018)

Claire Williams (born 21 July 1976; married name: Claire Harris[1]) is the former Deputy Team Principal of the Williams Formula One racing team. She resigned on 7 September 2020.[2][3]

Early life

Claire Williams was born in 1976 in Windsor, Berkshire. She is the daughter of Sir Frank Williams and the late Virginia, Lady Williams. Claire Williams graduated from Newcastle University in 1999 with a degree in Politics.[4]


After graduation, Claire Williams became a press officer for the Silverstone racing circuit. In 2002, she joined the Williams F1 team as a communications officer. In 2010, she became the head of communications for the team. In 2011, she was promoted to director of marketing and communications for Williams. When Frank Williams stepped down from the Williams board in March 2012, Claire became the Williams family representative on the board.[5] In March 2013, she was appointed deputy team principal of the Williams F1 racing team.[6][7] In this role she retained responsibility for marketing, communications and the commercial aspects of the team's business.[8]

Williams was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to Formula 1 racing.[9]

On 3 September 2020, Williams announced she was resigning as deputy team principal of the Williams team after 7 September 2020.[3]

Personal life

On 5 April 2017, the Williams team announced that she would be giving birth to her first child, a boy, in October.[10] She gave birth to the baby on 10 October 2017.[11]

In January 2018, the Williams team announced her marriage to Marc Harris.[12]


  1. ^ "Italian Grand Prix". Formula One Pre-Qualifying. 5 September 2020. Sky Sports F1.
  2. ^ "Our People Claire Williams". Williams Grand Prix Engineering. 2013. Archived from the original on 19 February 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Williams family to step aside from running of the team after Italian GP". 3 September 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ Charlie Cooper (20 April 2013). "My Secret Life: Claire Williams, 36, Williams F1 Deputy Team Principal". The Independent. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ Andrew Benson (2 March 2012). "Sir Frank Williams steps down from the Williams team board". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ Ian Parkes (27 March 2013). "Frank Williams promotes daughter Claire to deputy team principal at F1 team". The Independent. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ Andrew Benson (28 March 2013). "Williams names daughter Claire deputy team principal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ (17 May 2013). "Claire Williams Q & A:I won't give up until we're back". Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ "No. 61608". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2016. p. B15.
  10. ^ WILLIAMS RACING [@WilliamsRacing] (5 April 2017). "We have a very special congratulations today......!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ "F1: Claire Williams gives birth to a boy". 10 October 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ WILLIAMS RACING [@WilliamsRacing] (20 January 2018). "Congratulations to Claire & Marc..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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