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.
"I am delighted Adrian has won the MIA award. His multiple world championships have been instrumental in keeping Britain at the pinnacle of global motorsport engineering. Such success will help sustain our industry in the future - a truly outstanding contribution to motorsport" said Alistair Fergusson of Alcon, Chairman of the MIA.
Chris Aylett, CEO of the MIA, commented: "Adrian's personal contribution to the motorsport industry can be easily summarised in one word: Inspiration! With engineering leaders such as Adrian in F1, it will keep leading the world in competitive engineering and attract new, young engineers to get involved."
The MIA's Summer Reception, regarded as the most prestigious social gathering on the international motorsport business calendar, was supported by Stingray RV. The 2011 reception was attended by over 300 guests, including Peers, Ministers of State, Ambassadors, MPs, VIPs, MIA members and leaders from the motorsport industry across the globe. A display of the Le Mans Audi R18, the Mercedes Petronas F1 and a Ford WRC Fiesta welcomed guests on arrival.
By: MIA Press