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Red Bull F1 designer Adrian Newey set to make history

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October 14, 2011

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One of the greatest accomplishments in motor racing history will most likely be achieved on Sunday and the statisticians of the autosport world appear to have missed it. Currently, three men have designed cars that have won seven world F1 constructors titles. Last year Red Bull's Adrian Newey joined Colin Chapman and Rory Byrne with his seventh title (Williams FW14B of 1992, Williams FW15C of 1993, Williams FW16 of 1994, Williams FW18 of of 1996, Williams FW19 of 1997 and McLaren MP4/13).

On Sunday, Red Bull needs to score just one point more than McLaren for Newey to take his eighth title with the 2011 Red Bull RB7. Two of the top four designers in F1 history are British, and two hail from South Africa.

The other two men to have designed seven world F1 constructors title winners are South African Rory Byrne and British designer Colin Chapman.

Chapman was the founder of Lotus Cars, a Formula One legacy so popular that it has been in dispute of recent times. Under Chapman, Team Lotus won seven Formula One Constructors' titles (1963 Lotus Climax, 1965 Lotus Climax, 1968 Lotus Ford, 1970 Lotus Ford, 1972 Lotus Ford, 1973 Lotus Ford and 1978 Lotus Ford. His cars also won six Drivers' Championships in the hands of Jim Clark (2), Graham Hill, Jochen Rindt and Emerson Fittipaldi (2). Chapman died of a heart attack in 1982.

Rory Byrne was the designer of the Benetton B195 which won the constructors title in 1995 at which point he went into retirement, having achieved his primary goal. Michael Schumacher lured Byrne out of retirement two years later and Byrne penned the cars behind the Ferrari dynasty which took constructors titles in 1999 (F399), 2000 (F1-2000), 2001 (F2001), 2002, (F2002), 2003 (F2003) and 2004 (F2004). Michael Schumacher drove Byrne's cars to seven drivers titles.

Fourth on the all-time designers list is Professor Gordon Murray whose cars won 22 Grands Prix for Brabham between 1973 and 1985, then four consecutive Constructors' and Drivers' Championships for McLaren.

Newey-designed cars have also now won eight Formula One World Drivers' Championships: 1992 (Mansell), 1993 (Prost), 1996 (Hill), 1997 (Villeneuve), 1998 & 1999 (Hakkinen), 2010 & 2011 (Vettel).

By my reckoning, that makes Newey the clear F1 designer of all time, and he's unlikely to be challenged any time soon as Gordon Murray is now designing road cars and Rory Byrne is in retirement.

About the Author
Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
3 Comments

awesome is an often overused word but I think it applies to Adrian Newey,,,,,,,,,,,

robinyatesuk2003

I\'m going to give Newey a few extra points. Championships achieved with his designs span a greater number of drivers and teams. This makes the common denominator more obvious. The champions also include some arguably less than \"champion\" quality drivers [omitted for the fun of reader speculation].

Andrew Rockefeller

WANTED TO KNOW THE SPECIFIC IMPROVEMENTS... :/

Daniel Plata Baca
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