The exceptional motorsport engineering career of Sir Patrick Head was recognised by the MIA at the House of Lords in the run-up to the British Grand Prix, as the Williams F1 stalwart was presented with the organisation's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Motorsport Industry.

The prestigious award was presented by the Rt Hon Lord Drayson of Kensington at the MIA's annual summer reception, where 300 guests from government, parliament and the global motorsport industry were hosted by the MIA as it celebrated its 21st birthday.

Head, who was knighted in the latest Queen's birthday honours list, enjoyed a 45-year career in motorsport, during which time his cars won 114 grands prix, nine constructors' and seven drivers' world championships and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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As co-founder and technical director of Williams F1, Head led the team, alongside Sir Frank Williams, through its most successful period to date, and was also personally responsible for many innovations within the category. His legacy remains in the sport thanks to the start he gave to many successful motorsport engineering careers, including those of multiple F1 constructors' championship winners Ross Brawn and Adrian Newey.

"Sir Patrick is the perfect winner of this Award on the MIA's 21st birthday," MIA CEO Chris Aylett commented, "His determination to win, and technical leadership in seeking every advantage, has inspired generations of the very best engineers in motorsport. His contribution has literally changed the face of motorsport for the better, from which many have benefited. He's an outstanding individual in every way."

Head joins an elite group of previous MIA Award winners, including Williams, Newey and Brawn, as well as Malcolm Wilson, Ron Dennis, John Surtees, Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart and Bernie Ecclestone.

"This award is much appreciated and it comes as a huge surprise," Head said, "I have had the opportunity to work with some fantastic people, some fantastic engineers, in my career.

"Quite often people are surprised because I'm not even the slightest bit interested in cars - I'm not sure I'm even that interested in race cars, but I'm very interested in engineering and I've always been fascinated in the process behind race cars and working with other engineers to get things sorted and get them working. I must say thank you very much to all of you for this award, it is a great privilege to accept it."