"I feel a bit of a fraud," Patrick Head said last Sunday night, as he stepped up on stage at the Autosport Awards to receive the John Bolster Award for thirty years of achievement at the top of motorsport.
He shouldn't. Okay, as Patrick pointed out, Williams hasn't done anything truly spectacular this year, although if you worked there and were responsible for the progress made from '06, you'd probably beg to differ. I kind of know how Patrick felt. I remember feeling a tad embarrassed when I was awarded my half house colours for finishing fifth in the 800 metres ...
But when you look at the Williams contribution to F1 since Frank and Patrick got together 30 years ago, nobody could possibly argue with Head picking up another gong.
Being the kind of bloke he is, Patrick just gets on with things and doesn't expect to be feted. I remember 12 years back, when he picked up the Racing Car of the Year Award for the Williams FW17, he stopped at the Benetton table on the way back and apologised, telling them it should have gone their way for the B195, which had won 11 races.