Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s esteemed Chief Technical Officer, has collected his Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Palace.
Newey received the honour, not unexpectedly, for his services to motorsport. The 53-year-old has been one of Formula 1’s leading designers for the last 20 years, with his acclaimed Williams FW14B leading the team to a dominant championship sweep in 1992.
Since then, his designs helped Williams claim three more Drivers’ Championships (1993, 1996-7) and four Constructors’ titles (1993-4, 1996-7).
He moved to McLaren during the 1997 season, and his impact was almost immediate: the Woking squad swept to the 1998 championship double and won the Constructors’ Championship the following year (ironically, it remains the last time the team won that trophy).
He moved Red Bull Racing in 2005, and his dominant RB6 and RB7 challengers of 2010-11 proved to be the sport’s pace-setters once again.
Newey wasn’t the only F1 star present, with 1992 World Champion Nigel Mansell (the first driver to really profit from Newey’s design work) also on-hand to collect his OBE for his services to charity.