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WHAT IS LEGEND IN FOCUS ?

A showcase of the finest Formula One drivers that ever competed in the sport, the Legend in Focus section takes a look at the greatest names in the world of Formula One racing, their outstanding achievements, and the teams that were privileged enough to represent them. Career statistics like total number of race wins, pole positions and miles covered on the international circuit, will help you gauge their success from a technical standpoint. Never seen before imagery, videos and trivia about these F1 racing legends, both past and present will bring you closer to understanding the men behind their race cars.

RACE ANALYSIS

Racing Legend of the Month: Sir Jackie Stewart (December)

Drivers' Championship Titles1969, 1971, 1973

Races100

Pole Positions15

First Race1965 South African Grand Prix

Last Race1973 United States Grand Prix (DNS)

Last Win1973 German Grand Prix

The Flying Scotsman - Legendary Formula One racing driver, a staunch advocate for safety and a romantic soul at heart - Sir Jackie Stewart is certainly one of the most exceptional individuals to have graced the world of motorsports

 

Sir Jackie Stewart

 

 

There are many legends in the annals of Formula One, but there are very few who can claim to have had an influence on the very nature of the sport itself. And Sir Jackie Stewart is one whose influence goes far beyond carving his name amongst the most talented drivers to have ever graced the sport. Sir Jackie’s influence goes far beyond merely inspiring future generations of racing drivers. Apart from the engineers and track designers who have dedicated their lives to making Formula One as safe as it is today, if it hadn’t been for advocates of safety like Sir Jackie, the sport might still have pretty much remained in the dark ages.

 

 

Sir Jackie Stewart

 


Born in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland in 1939, into a family of car dealers and amateur racers, it was no wonder that Sir Jackie Stewart found his calling on the race track. But surprisingly enough, it wasn’t the world of motor racing where he first made his mark. Diagnosed with dyslexia and unable to continue his schooling past 16 years of age, Sir Jackie put his energy into skeet shooting and won many accolades in the sport at the national and European levels, eventually representing British Trap Shooting team in the 1960 Summer Olympics. After racing for a few local teams in the early part of the 60’s, it was finally 1964 when Sir Jackie got a chance to race Formula 3 for Tyrell. His debut race was utter domination and Sir Jackie quickly earned the moniker “The Flying Scotsman” as he took the F3 championship in his debut year and graduated to Formula One the next year itself, having secured a drive with BRM alongside Graham Hill.

 

 

Sir Jackie Stewart

 



Sir Jackie is a racing driver from an era most of us have heard about, but never really experienced for ourselves. At a time when chances of being killed in a crash for any Formula One driver who raced for five years were two in three, he can really be considered to be one having his guardian angel looking over his shoulder full time. A crash in 1966 at the rain-soaked Spa-Francorchamps circuit left Sir Jackie pinned in his car doused in petrol leaking from the fuel tank. Lucky to have survived this brush with death, he dedicated his life to improving safety in the sport. But anyone who thought these were the ramblings of a gutless driver was quickly silenced by his track record and his obvious bravery behind the wheel. Driving on the Nordschleife circuit in a torrential downpour, with a broken wrist, during the 1968 German GP, and winning the race by more than four minutes is a clear testament to this. And let’s not forget his three World Championships and 27 race wins out of 99 race starts.

 

 

Sir Jackie Stewart

 



Though he was a man hardened by seeing as well as facing death on a regular basis, in 1973, when his teammate and friend François Cevert was killed in a crash during practice in the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, Sir Jackie decided to call it quits. But he never stopped his pursuit of improving safety in the sport and pretty much every Formula One driver since after his time who has shunted it into a wall doing triple digit speeds and has walked away unscathed owes his life to Sir Jackie Stewart.