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Patrick Head

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Patrick Head

Technical director at Williams Grand Prix Engineering, and responsible for many innovations within Formula One. Head oversaw the design and construction of Williams cars until May 2004 when his role was handed over to Sam Michael add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1946.

Countries: United Kingdom (44%), (25%), San Marino (19%)

Main connections: Formula One, Grand Prix motor racing, Adrian Newey

Linked to: McLaren, Wellington College, Saudia

 

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Patrick Head was born in 1946 add something


1950

Patrick Head was born into motor sport, his father Michael racing Jaguar sportscars in the 1950s, and was privately educated at Wellington College add something


1970

Head graduated in 1970 with a Mechanical Engineering degree from UCL and immediately joined the chassis manufacturer Lola in Huntingdon add something


1976

In 1976 thirty-four-year-old Frank Williams decided that the time was right to start his own team and promptly set about luring Head back into Formula One. After one abortive attempt, on 8 February 1977 Williams Grand Prix Engineering was founded with Williams and Head taking seventy and thirty percent of the company respectively add something


1977

Frank Williams Racing Cars - Disillusioned, Williams left the team altogether, to set up Williams Grand Prix Engineering with Patrick Head in 1977


1980

More success followed in the 1980s and Head began to move away from designing the cars himself, effectively creating a role of Technical Director, a person who oversaw the processes of design, construction, racing and testing, bringing together all the different disciplines add something

 

Adrian Newey - Through the 1980s and into the 1990s, Williams F1 was a top running team, and technical director Patrick Head wasted no time in getting a contract signed


1986

In 1986 Head, with other Williams management, was forced to assume control of the team when Frank Williams was seriously injured in a road accident add something


1990

Perhaps the most fruitful of all his associations with upcoming engineers began in 1990 when Williams hired Adrian Newey, recently sacked as technical director of Leyton House Racing add something

 

The two engineers rapidly formed the outstanding design partnership of the 1990s with Head/Newey cars achieving a level of dominance never seen before, and not repeated until the Ferrari/Schumacher era a decade later add something


1991

In a seven-year period between 1991 and 1997, Williams had fifty-nine race wins, won five constructors titles, and four different drivers won world championships add something


1996

With Williams securing both the drivers and constructors titles in 1996, McLaren managed to lure Newey away though he was forced to take gardening leave for the 1997 season add something


2004

Finally in 2004 came the news that Head was to stand down as technical director in favour of thirty-three-year-old Sam Michael add something

 

For 27 years from Head was technical director at Williams Grand Prix Engineering, and responsible for many innovations within Formula One. Head oversaw the design and construction of Williams cars until May 2004 when his role was handed over to Sam Michael add something


2007

In April 2007 the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reported that a court in Bologna had concluded that a technical failure was responsible for Ayrton Senna's fatal accident at the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994 add something


2010

Formula One - In December 2010, a proposal created by Rory Byrne and Patrick Head emerged, which outlined design specifications that included the re-introduction of ground effects in addition to greatly reduced downforce, and much smaller front and rear wings


2012

In 2012, Head resigned from his position in the Williams team add something


2015

In the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours, Head was appointed a Knight Bachelor 'for services to Motorsport', and therefore granted the title 'sir' add something


2019

In March 2019, Head returned to Williams Racing for the first time in eight years add something