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Williams receives BBC award

Frank WilliamsWilliams team boss Sir Frank Williams has been presented with the Helen Rollason Award during tonight's BBC Sports Personality of the Year event.

The award is given for outstanding courage and achievement in the face of adversity. Williams has continued to run his team with great success since being paralysed in a car crash in 1986, with the squad's tally currently standing at seven drivers' titles and nine constructors' championships.

"It's [a journey] I would love to do again if I were younger," said Williams as he received the award alongside team co-owner Patrick Head.

"I certainly wouldn't try and do anything different - I'd try and avoid the accidents of course... But I would've taken it as it comes."

Williams highlighted his team's first grand prix win, Clay Regazzoni's triumph in the 1979 British Grand Prix, as one of his most treasured memories.

"The first grand prix win was at Silverstone, with the home crowd, and it was a really strong demonstration run by a very superior car," said Williams.

"But after that obviously in 1980 the first drivers' world championship won by Alan Jones, and my fantastic partner Patrick Head, our chief designer. In those days he really made the world's best racing cars."

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