Adrian Newey has revealed that Frank Williams once told him he was the 'most competitive person in the pit lane.'
The current Red Bull chief technical officer has one of the most impressive CV's in the history of Formula 1, with the team's constructors' championship claimed at the Japanese Grand Prix being his 25th title.
He worked for Williams in the early 90s as he helped the team secure five constructors' titles in six years, followed by further success at McLaren.
Neither team have won a constructors' championship since Newey left them, whilst his current Red Bull team have now won six, such is his influence as a legendary car designer.
Despite this, Newey doesn't class himself as competitive, and was surprised to find out others saw him differently.
“I always thought I wasn’t competitive and then he [Frank Williams] said to me, ‘Adrian you’re the most competitive person in the pit lane,'" he told the Beyond the Grid podcast.
“I was actually slightly taken aback and, at first, almost slightly insulted, not insulted that’s the wrong word, but unexpected. I can’t say whether or not it’s true obviously, that’s a completely objective or subjective thing but I think fear of failure is certainly part of it."
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