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â€¢ Red Bull designer Newey inducted alongside John Surtees
â€¢ Colin McRae and Giacomo Agostini also honoured at awards
The Red Bull designer, Adrian Newey, was honoured on Thursday, becoming one of the latest inductees to Motor Sport magazine’s hall of fame. The awards, which recognise and celebrate the achievements of people involved in motor sport, were established in 2010, with four new inductees each year.
Alongside Newey, John Surtees was inducted. The driver and rider won the 500cc motorbike world championship in 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1960 then the F1 championship with Ferrari in 1964. He remains the only man to have won both bike and F1 world championships.
Also honoured were the late Colin McRae â€“ world rally champion in 1995 and Italian motorcycle great, and Giacomo Agostini, who has won 15 world championships.
Newey, who has won back-to-back titles in the past two seasons with Red Bull, is the only designer to have won constructors’ championships with three different Formula One teams, taking five wins with Williams and one with McLaren.
“This is something I had never dreamt of,” he said, on receiving the award. “To have joined so many legends, so many people who I have followed, who I have aspired to when I was younger. It’s an amazing feeling, it feels very special.”
The Red Bull team principal Christian Horner welcomed Newey to the stage and was understandably effusive in his praise for the designer McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh described last year as a valuable and “scarce resource”.
Motor Sport’s magazine editor-in-chief Nigel Roebuck went further, describing Newey as “the best designer ever to have graced the Formula One paddock”.
Previous inductees to the hall of fame include Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Jim Clark, Enzo Ferrari, Ron Dennis, Sir Jackie Stewart, Juan Manuel Fangio and Sir Frank Williams.