Jonathan Williams (racing driver)
Jonathan Williams c. 1966
|Born||26 October 1942|
|Died||31 August 2014(aged 71)|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|First entry||1967 Mexican Grand Prix|
|Last entry||1967 Mexican Grand Prix|
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. During this time he worked with the young Sir Frank Williams, Sheridan Thynne and Piers Courage.
In 1967, he was signed by Scuderia Ferrari, initially competing in sports car racing. 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. However, he did compete in some Formula Two events in 1968 winning the Rhine Cup race in a car entered by Sir Frank Williams, before driving the works Serenissima. In 1969 he helped develop the De Tomaso F1 car for Frank Williams as well as continuing to compete in F2.
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.
Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit
|1967||Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC||Ferrari 312/67||Ferrari 242 3.0 V12||RSA||MON||NED||BEL||FRA||GBR||GER||CAN||ITA||USA||MEX
Complete European Formula Two Championship resultsEdit
|1968||Merlyn Racing||Merlyn MK 12||Ford Cosworth FVA 1.6 L4||HOC||THR||JAR||PAL||TUL||ZAN
|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
- "Former F1 driver Jonathan Williams dies at 71". Fox Sports. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
- Jonathan Williams. f1rejects.com
- F1 Rejects Interview with Jonathan Williams. f1rejects.com
- Steve Small. The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. p. 403. ISBN 0851127029.
- Williams, Jonathan (27 June 2011). "Le Mans 1970". AutoWeek. 61 (13): 24–28.
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