Williams’ deputy Team Principal and Commercial Director Claire Williams has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s 2016 Birthday Honours list.

Claire has been awarded the honour in recognition of her services to Formula 1. In her role as deputy Team Principal, Claire has played a major part in assisting the Williams team climb back up the ranks and towards the front of the Formula 1 grid.

“Today is a very proud day for me, but this is also a bit of a surprise,” Claire said.

“To be recognised in this way is a tremendous honour but one everyone at Williams can take credit for. I’m extremely lucky that I get to do a job that I love.

“To be able to play a role in a family legacy is an enormous privilege and one I don’t take for granted.”

Since finishing ninth in the Constructors’ Championship in 2013, Williams has made a substantial step forward to finish third in the championship two years in a row.

Claire has also used her role as a female working in a traditionally male-dominated role to encourage more women to explore a career in engineering and technology.

“Formula One, and Williams, are great success stories for the UK and I will continue to use my role to help showcase what a great sport Formula One is, what a brilliant platform for this country’s expertise in high class engineering it is, as well as a place that welcomes women across all of its disciplines.”

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