Adrian Newey takes top technology award

Adrian Newey

Red Bull Racing technical officer was the big winner for Red Bull Racing at last night’s Autosport Awards in London.

He was presented the John Bolster Award for technical achievement by Williams engineering director Patrick Head and former wolrd champion Damon Hill.

The Red Bull Racing RB5 (here driven by Sebastian Vettel) won five races in 2009

Newey said: “We’d had over 10 years of stable rules before 2009 with no new ideas really, just refinements. This year we had a complete new set of rules and it allowed for some blue sky thinking, I love. It enables you to be creative, and I think we’ve done pretty well.”

Which was a quiet understatement as Seb and Mark took the RB5 to six victories in 2009.

As Autosport said on its website: “Newey, regarded as one of the best F1 designers in history, enjoyed one of his most successful recent seasons in 2009 as the RB5 fought for the world championship against the Brawn BGP001. Although it was the Brawn car that came out on top of the title battle, there was little doubt about how good a car the RB5 was.”

The trophy is called the John Bolster Award after Autosport’s late Road Test Editor. Bolster was real character who wore a deerstalker hat and whose method for evaluating the luggage capacity of any car he was testing, consisted of seeing how easily his two bloodhound dogs could fit in the boot.

Held every December at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, the awards are voted for by readers of Autosport magazine and its website.