Williams was a hugely influential figure in motorsport history, founding the iconic Williams team alongside Patrick Head in 1977 and spending five decades in total in F1.
His time in charge yielded nine constructor titles, seven driver titles – Alan Jones (1980), Keke Rosberg (1982), Nelson Piquet (1987), Nigel Mansell (1992), Alain Prost (1993), Damon Hill (1996) and Jacques Villeneuve (1997) – and 114 race wins.
In a statement released on Sunday, the Williams team said: “It is with great sadness that on behalf of the Williams family, the team can confirm the death of Sir Frank Williams CBE, Founder and Former Team Principal of Williams Racing, at the age of 79.
“After being admitted into hospital on Friday, Sir Frank, passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by his family.
“Today we pay tribute to our much loved and inspirational figurehead. Frank will be sorely missed. We request that all friends and colleagues respect the Williams family’s wishes for privacy at this time.”
Formula 1 tweeted through their official account: “We are filled with the most immense and deep sadness at the passing of Sir Frank Williams.
“His was a life driven by passion for motorsport; his legacy is immeasurable, and will be forever part of F1.
“To know him was an inspiration and privilege He will be deeply, deeply missed.”