Claire Williams: It’s not pleasant to hear: “Your father is a murderer”
On the 25th anniversary of the death of legendary Ayrton Senna, Claire Williams revealed an unpleasant experience when she was approached by a stranger who blamed her father, Frank Williams, for the death of one of the best drivers in the history of Formula 1.
Three-time Formula One World Champion Ayrton Senna died on 1 May 1994 after his car crashed into a concrete barrier while he was leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Italy.
Claire Williams told Press Association Sport about how the tragedy affected her family.
“A year after the tragedy a stranger came to me when I was in a pub and said, ‘Your father is a murderer.’ I do not know how he even knew who I am. Frank never spoke of this, as this is not part of his personality. He is not a man who would take the therapies or need long conversations. Frank holds it in himself, however, Ayrton has been a god in our house for many years or decades. Frank has always wanted to have him in Williams. His desire was fulfilled, but everything ended in the worst possible way.”