Frank Williams celebrates his 600th race

This year, Frank Williams makes F1 history as the longest-serving entrant in Formula 1 this weekend s Monaco Grand Prix will be his 600th Formula One Grand Prix.

“As most people would expect, reaching 600 Grands Prix means very little to me,” Williams said. “I do have to admit, however, that there have been some brilliant moments over the 40 years that I ve been racing and there have also been some moments of great sadness.

“Most of the time it has been a most pleasurable experience. If I was 40 years younger, I would still choose the same path towards where I find myself today.”

The 1969 Spanish Grand Prix at Montjuic Park saw Frank Williams first World Championship race where he entered a Brabham BT26 for his friend Piers Courage. Unfortunately, the car didn t make the full race distance thanks to an engine problem however this did not discourage the pair who went on to finish second at Monaco a fortnight later.

During the course of 40 years in F1, Williams has won 113 races, seven Drivers World Championships and nine Constructors World Championships. He has had many awards bestowed on him including two Queen s Awards for Export, a knighthood, a CBE and France s Legion D Honneur.