It was announced this morning that former Williams technical director Patrick Head has been awarded a knighthood for services to motorsport.
The 69-year-old and Frank Williams co-founded Williams Grand Prix Engineering in 1977 and went on to win nine Constructors’ and seven Drivers’ Championship titles.
Leading the engineering team at Williams for 27 years, Head introduced several innovative concepts into Formula 1. It has now been announced that he has received a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
In an press statement to the media, Sir Frank Williams stated the following about Head’s impending knighthood as follows:-
‘My name may be above the door, but I have always stressed that the creation and subsequent success of Williams was very much a team effort. My co-founder Patrick Head was the design genius who turned us from a small upstart into a World Championship winning force.
‘His engineering talent helped play a key role in establishing Great Britain as a leading force in global motorsport and the benefits of this are still being felt to this day, both culturally and economically.
‘I believe this award is thoroughly deserved for his contribution to British motorsport and engineering.’
As Williams has stated in his statement, without Patrick helping him create and develop the foundations of the team from the bottom up, the team wouldn’t still be racing all these years later. You can tell that Williams appreciates everything Head has done for the team and believes that his work to the industry has helped develop and improve over the past few years and that he is worthy to get this award.
Overall, I agree with Williams. Patrick deserves this after everything he has done for the Williams team, his profession and also for the sport and this can only be good for Formula One even further and showing that every personnel in the factory; be it public figure or not do a solid job that they deserve the utter most respect for. Big congratulations to Patrick on this fantastic achievement.