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Newey inducted into Hall of Fame

ESPNF1 Staff
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Adrian Newey is the only designer to have won world championships with three different teams © Sutton Images
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Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey has been inducted into the Motor Sport magazine Hall of Fame.

Newey was recognised for winning world championships with three different teams throughout his Formula One career so far at a ceremony in London. He joins such names as Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Enzo Ferrari, Jim Clark, Sir Jackie Stewart, Juan Manuel Fangio and Sir Stirling Moss, and Newey told ESPNF1 that it was a "very special" feeling.

"To join the special list of people that have been inducted so far and to be part of that is very special indeed. [Looking back] is not something I'm very good at I'm afraid, I guess that's something for the future. At the moment I'm too busy with the present, but nevertheless to be here tonight and to have been recognised in this way I guess when I go to bed tonight maybe I'll find a few minutes to think 'It's been good so far'."

Newey did admit that the recognition meant he no longer feels he has to prove himself and can focus on enjoying his work.

"[It makes you] remember the good times and the hard times as well. It's been a career of highs and lows. To have been recognised in this way does make you take stock, and I suppose really for me what it does make me think is now that I've hopefully shown a decent proficiency in my career; being with three different teams where we've managed to win championships, so I kind of feel like I've proved myself and that means I can now try and just sit back and enjoy it."

Also inducted into the Hall of Fame was 1964 world champion John Surtees, who remains the only man to have won world titles in motorcycling and Formula One.

"Well it's a new experience for me here," he said. "I've been to the Hall of Fame in America, but it's nice to come along and join some of these luminaries in motor sport. Of course it's a wonderful occasion tonight, celebrating the in-depth interest for motor sport itself."