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Since falling from its glory days of yore – when it won nine constructors championships an seven drivers titles – the Williams F1 team has been desperate to light a fire under its drivers and engineers to get back to its winning form. But we don't think this is what Frank Williams and his deputy Patrick Head had in mind.

This past summer the team's factory in Grove, England, caught on fire, threatening the staff, the facility and the cars on premises. The fire started when a machine in the metal department malfunctioned. Local fire fighters arrived at the scene and extinguished the blaze, saving one and all.

Sir Frank was so grateful that he made a donation to the Fire Fighters Charity and brought the brigade back to the repaired factory this week for an inside tour. You know, just in case being a fire fighter wasn't cool enough already.

[Source: F1-Live | Image: Mark Thompson/Getty]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      @mk15: knights of the realm are referred to as Sir followed by their first name, not their surname. So it's "Sir Frank", not "Sir Williams".
      • 5 Years Ago
      Light a fire under his drivers? Are you serious? This article would get a C- in a high school introduction to journalism class. If you wrote that for a newspaper they would tell you to take your hackey cliched internet reporting, hop in your eclectic car, and hit the road.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you are missing the bigger story that Sir Frank is stand-up dude. Firefighters risk their lives saving material possessions day in, day out. A little pat on the back from those they help in recognition of that always deserves kudos.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So having a sense of humour is a journalism no-no even if it's a corny cliche? It's not like this doesn't happen on newspaper and tv news broadcasts all the time. Just read the sports section of a newspaper and prepare to be offended by an assault of cliches, especially around playoff times for whatever sports there happens to be.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And I agree, firefighters but their lives at risk whenever they go to a fire call. Kudos to them, and kudos to Sir Williams.