The Williams F1 Team’s co-founder and former technical director Patrick Head has been bestowed a knighthood in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours list.

The 69-year-old joins longtime business partner Sir Frank Williams – as well as the likes of the Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart and the late Sir Jack Brabham – on the list of Formula 1 luminaries to receive the recognition.

Head is one of Formula 1’s most influential engineers, having co-founded the Williams team and headed its engineering team for almost 30 years between 1977 and 2004.

In 1979, he developed the ground-effect FW07, which, with Alan Jones, heralded the team’s first Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship title sweeps.

Many of today’s top engineers and designers have enjoyed Head’s tutelage, including Adrian Newey, Ross Brawn, Neil Oatley, Paddy Lowe, Frank Dernie, Sergio Rinland, Geoff Willis and Enrique Scalabroni.

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