Jonathan Williams (racing driver)

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Jonathan Williams
Born (1942-10-26)26 October 1942
Died 31 August 2014(2014-08-31) (aged 71)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United Kingdom British
Active years 1967
Teams Scuderia Ferrari
Entries 1
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1967 Mexican Grand Prix
Last entry 1967 Mexican Grand Prix

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

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 cars.[2] That year, Ferrari lost several drivers, including team leader Lorenzo Bandini and at Mugello, in July, Williams' co-driver in a sports car race, Günter Klass, was killed during practice. 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.

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]


Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Points
1967 Scuderia Ferrari
NC 0


  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
  3. ^ a b
  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. 

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