Sir Jackie Stewart


'The Flying Scot' Jackie Stewart was a great Formula 1 driver – one of the best, in fact. But he was so much more.

Racing during an era where track, car and driver safety were so far down the pecking order that fatalities were often the rule not the exception in F1, Sir Jackie set about ensuring that the deaths of such Motorsport luminaries as Jim Clark would not be in vain.

He had personal experience of what he described as the 'diabolical' attitude to safety shown by the sport's administrators. After a 165mph crash at Spa, Stewart lay in his shattered car, trapped by his steering column as petrol leaked into the cockpit. There was no track crew to rescue him, no tools to release him, no doctor to attend to him and no ambulance on site to take him away for treatment.

'If I have any legacy to leave the sport I hope it will be seen to be an area of safety,' Sir Jackie later said.

But his legacy will also be his tremendous skill as a driver. He won three F1 world championships between 1965 and 1973, winning 27 races, securing 43 podium places and 17 poles.

The 1973 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Sir Jackie was knighted in 2001.

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