Jonathan Williams (racing driver)

Jonathan Williams (26 October 1942 – 31 August 2014)[1] was a British racing driver.

Jonathan Williams
Jonathan Williams 1966.jpg
Jonathan Williams c. 1966
Born(1942-10-26)26 October 1942
Died31 August 2014(2014-08-31) (aged 71)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Active years1967
TeamsScuderia Ferrari
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1967 Mexican Grand Prix
Last entry1967 Mexican Grand Prix

Born in Cairo, Egypt, he participated in one Formula One World Championship Grand Prix, on 22 October 1967. He finished 8th, scoring no World Championship points.

His racing career began in the early 1960s, competing in saloons and various junior formulae, graduating to Formula Three in 1963 and in 1966 drove for the de Sanctis team.[2] During this time he worked with the young Sir Frank Williams, Sheridan Thynne and Piers Courage.[3]

In 1967, he was signed by Scuderia Ferrari, initially competing in sports car racing.[2] That year, Ferrari lost several drivers, including team leader Lorenzo Bandini who died from injuries sustained at that year's Monaco Grand Prix and Williams' sports car co-driver, Günter Klass, killed during practice at the Mugello Circuit in July. Later that year, Williams was offered a drive in F1, but after only one Grand Prix he was dropped by Ferrari and a subsequent F1 project with Abarth did not come to fruition.[4] However, he did compete in some Formula Two events in 1968 winning the Rhine Cup race in a car entered by Sir Frank Williams,[4] before driving the works Serenissima.[4] In 1969 he helped develop the De Tomaso F1 car for Frank Williams as well as continuing to compete in F2.[2]

He continued also to be active in sports car racing.[2] At the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans, he co-drove the Porsche 908/02 which carried cameras for the Steve McQueen movie Le Mans.[5]

Williams retired from racing in 1972 and became a pilot,[2] (initially for Alessandro de Tomaso) an occupation he claimed to dislike[3] and subsequently a writer and photographer.[2]

Williams died on 31 August 2014, aged 71. He appeared in the documentary film Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, released nine months after his death and which closes with a clip of Williams driving in the 1971 film Le Mans.

Racing recordEdit

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit


Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Points
1967 Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312/67 Ferrari 242 3.0 V12 RSA MON NED BEL FRA GBR GER CAN ITA USA MEX
NC 0

Complete European Formula Two Championship resultsEdit


Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pos. Points
1968 Merlyn Racing Merlyn MK 12 Ford Cosworth FVA 1.6 L4 HOC THR JAR PAL TUL ZAN
NC 0
Ron Harris Racing Division Tecno TF68 PER
1969 Alejandro de Tomaso De Tomaso 103 Ford Cosworth FVA 1.6 L4 THR HOC NÜR JAR TUL


  1. ^ "Former F1 driver Jonathan Williams dies at 71". Fox Sports. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Jonathan Williams.
  3. ^ a b F1 Rejects Interview with Jonathan Williams.
  4. ^ a b c Steve Small. The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. p. 403. ISBN 0851127029.
  5. ^ Williams, Jonathan (27 June 2011). "Le Mans 1970". AutoWeek. 61 (13): 24–28.

External linksEdit

Jonathan Williams on IMDb