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2013-03-28 08:25

FAMILY AFFAIRS: Claire Williams has been named deputy principal of the Williams F1 team. She's a step closer to taking over from father and team founder Sir Frank Williams.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Williams F1 team founder Frank Williams' daughter has been promoted, the latest sign the team wants to keep the outfit in the family.

Claire Williams has been made deputy team principal. She's held several positions with the team, the most recent that of marketing and communications director.

The announcement was planned to be made before the 2013 season but was delayed after the death of her mother Virginia earlier in March 2013.

The British team said Claire would work alongside her team-principal father as commercial director and be part of the company's board. Frank Williams said the promotion had his wife's blessing.

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"She would have been incredibly proud to have seen Claire take this position by my side," he said. "Over the past decade she's worked tirelessly for Williams. Her knowledge of the sport and passion for the team are unquestionable and I'm proud to say that during her time here she has proved herself as one of our most valuable assets.

"With Claire as deputy team principal, I know the future of Williams is in extremely safe hands."

Claire said it has been a sad month but she was looking forward to working more closely with her father. "I've grown up in the sport and learned the ropes from one of F1's legendary team principals. I feel well equipped for this new challenge."

Williams struggled through the first two races of 2013 and is ninth of the 11 teams in the cCnstructors' championship. Drivers Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas have yet to score a point.

Maldonado said he had had a hard time keeping the car on the track; he crashed in Australia and Malaysia.

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