Williams have announced that Claire Williams, the daughter of team principal Frank Williams, will become the team’s deputy principal with immediate effect.
Claire has been Williams’ director of marketing and communications for the last year will now take part in the everyday running and development of the team.
Claire will take on the position, which has been newly created, alongside her work as commercial director.
The team had planned to announce the role before the 2013 season but following the death of Lady Virginia Williams earlier this month the decision was taken to delay the announcement to give the family privacy.
Claire started at Williams in 2002 as a press officer for the team before being promoted to head of communications in 2010.
She said: “I’m truly honoured to be taking on the role of Deputy Team Principal and look forward to working alongside Frank to help run the team this season and beyond. I have grown up in the sport and have learnt the ropes from one of Formula One’s legendary Team Principals and as a result I feel well equipped for this new challenge.
“I understand the commitment that every person within the team gives each day to see our car out on the track and I am determined to see us back at the top.”
Speaking about her appointment Sir Frank Williams said: “Over the past decade Claire has worked tirelessly for Williams. Her knowledge of the sport and passion for the team is unquestionable and I’m proud to say that during her time here she has proven herself to be one of our most valuable assets.
“With Claire being appointed Deputy Team Principal, I know the future of Williams is in extremely safe hands. This appointment also had Ginny’s blessing who I know would have been incredibly proud to have seen Claire taking on this position by my side.’’