Friday, 15 July 2011
Adrian Newey was presented with the MIA's most prestigious personal Award by Damon Hill during their annual Summer Reception at the House of Lords hosted by Lord Drayson. Newey took the MIA Award for the Most Outstanding Personal Contribution to the Motorsport Industry, following his exceptional success over the past 30 years.
Newey joins a highly-impressive list of previous MIA Award winners, including Harvey Postlethwaite, Ross Brawn OBE, Sir Frank Williams CBE, Sir Stirling Moss OBE, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, Tom Wheatcroft and Bernie Ecclestone, among others.
Newey is widely regarded as one of the greatest engineers in motorsport history, being the only designer to win the Formula One Constructors Championship with three different F1 teams. As Technical Director of Red Bull Racing, he designed their 2010 championship-winning car, the RB6, and is enjoying his 2011 RB7 design dominating the field once again.
In 1980 - straight from Southampton University - he joined Fittipaldi under Harvey Postlethwaite, then March, where he had his first taste of success in the USA, designing IMSA GTP winners and Indy cars. His 85C chassis won the Indy 500 and took the CART title.
In 1990, he joined Williams F1, and - with Patrick Head - was instrumental in making F1 champions of Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve and Alain Prost. He moved to McLaren F1 to do the same for Mika Hakkinen.
Since 2006, Adrian has brought success to Red Bull Racing, with last year's fabulous double world championship win.
He races for enjoyment in his GT40, Jaguar E-Type and Ginetta G50, and more seriously in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He was presented with his own Red Bull RB5 as a reward for his achievements with the team.
Stayed tuned to see the video interview we recorded with Adrian Newey at Goodwood Festival of Speed (coming soon on our YouTube channel!) We spoke to him about the foreword he provided for forthcoming Veloce book Race & Trackday Driving Techniques having been instructed on a trackday at Goodwood in 2005 by the author of the book, David Hornsey.