Sir Francis Owen Garbatt Williams CBE (born April 16, 1942) is founder and manager of the WilliamsF1 Formula One racing team.
Born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England, to an RAF officer and a special education teacher and later headmaster, Williams was largely brought up by his maternal aunt and uncle in South Shields when his parents' marriage broke down. He subsequently spent much of his later childhood at a boarding school, St. Joseph's College, Dumfries, in Scotland. In the late 1950s a friend gave Williams a ride in his Jaguar XK150 and young Frank was immediately hooked.
After a brief career as a driver and mechanic, funded by his work as a traveling grocery salesman, Williams founded Frank Williams Racing Cars in 1966. He ran drivers including Piers Courage and Tony Trimmer for several years in Formula Two and Formula Three. Williams purchased an old Brabham Formula One chassis which Courage drove in several F1 events, coming in second place twice.