George Russell salutes Sir Frank Williams with iconic Top Gun quote on car after ex-Williams F1 boss sadly died
GEORGE RUSSELL is paying a special tribute to the late Sir Frank Williams with an iconic quote stamped on his car at this weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
The Williams star has a famous line from the movie Top Gun emblazoned on his halo in Jeddah.
It reads: “I feel the need, the need for speed!”
The words pay tribute to team founder Sir Frank, who sadly passed away after a lengthy illness.
The 79-year-old was a motorsport titan who proudly led his team to nine constructors’ titles and seven drivers’ championships – including the 1996 title with Damon Hill.
Russell and team-mate Nicholas Latifi are also sporting Sir Frank’s name and a special memorial logo on their FW43Bs this weekend.
Other teams are following suit, with the likes of Alfa Romeo, Haas and Red Bull all tweeting images of the logo on their cars in Saudi Arabia.
And lastly Russell will race in a bespoke helmet with the memorial logo emblazoned on the side.
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Teams across the grid are paying further tributes to the F1 legend, while race organisers are understood to be planning a commemoration before Sunday’s grand prix.
The world of motorsport went into mourning last weekend after news of Sir Frank’s death.
Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton led tributes on social media as he wrote about ‘one of the kindest people (he) had the pleasure of meeting’.
He added: "What he achieved in this sport is truly something special. Until his last days I know he remained a racer and a fighter at heart.”
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