Frank Williams recovering from pneumonia

Sir Frank Williams is making a "slow steady" recovery from pneumonia; that's according to group CEO Mike O'Driscoll.

O'Driscoll represented Williams in Friday's press conference at the Mexican GP weekend where he revealed that deputy team boss Claire Williams had opted to stay closer to home given her father's health.

However, the good news is that Sir Frank is on the road to recovery.

"Frank, as you know, was taken ill at the Monza race," O'Driscoll told the media.

"He's been a fixture in the paddock for so many decades now it's strange not to have him with us. 

"He's had a tough time in hospital. He has contracted pneumonia. He is making a recovery, a slow steady recovery. 

"We hope to see him back at Grove very soon. We all know how determined he is. 

"We expect Claire to be back at a race… she has wanted to stay close to home, close to Frank, but in this modern world you are only ever a phone call away, so we stay connected and she's part of everything that happens on a minute-by-minute, day-by-day basis. 

"We hope to see her by the end of the year and hopefully that will be Abu Dhabi and this will be maybe my first [press conference] but it might be my last as well, so thanks for having me!"

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