Sir Jackie Stewart

Sir Jackie Stewart


6/11/1939, Milton, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Birth Name

John Young Stewart


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Sir John Young Stewart, OBE better known as Jackie Stewart, and nicknamed The Flying Scot, is a British former racing driver from Scotland. He competed in Formula One between 1965 and 1973, winning three world titles. He also competed in the Can-Am championship. He is well-known in the…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In September 2007 Max Mosley branded Jackie a "certified halfwit" during a tirade in response to his criticisms of the $100m fine handed down to McLaren in the wake of the F1 Spying Scandal.

    • Sir Jackie gave the highly appreciative crowd something to cheer about when he drove one of his famous blue Tyrrell F1 cars at the inaugural Scottish Classic SpeedFair event at Knockhill Racing Circuit in 2007. Despite his Scottish roots, this was actually the first time ever that the legendary racing driver has appeared on a Circuit in front of his Scottish fans since his early racing events at Charterhall and Winfield Airfields in the Scottish Borders. Sir Jackie was warmly greeted by the thousands of fans at Knockhill and spent a generous amount of time signing autographs and obliging with the many hundreds of requests for photographs.

    • Sir Jackie was awarded the MIA's 'most outstanding contribution to the motor sport industry' honour.

    • Sir Jackie enjoyed an unfamiliar mount at the 'Festival of Speed' in Goodwood in July 2006. Nico Rosberg, Williams' 21-year-old rookie of 2006, sat awkwardly in the Matra MS10, which in 1968 and '69 was raced by Sir Jackie. Jackie, then, took the wheel of the FW27, which last year blasted around GP circuits in the hands of Mark Webber. At the top of the hill, the 67-year-old ex-champion stalled.

    • Outgoing president of the British Racing Drivers' Club, Sir Jackie warned Britain's race will be threatened when the current Formula One deal expires in 2009 unless improvements are made to the circuit.

    • In summary, Sir Jackie led 90 times during 1915 laps in 51 Grand Prix with a total of 9156.076 Km.

    • The engines Sir Jackie raced with are as follows:
      BRM 1.5 V8 (1965)
      BRM 3.0 H16 (1966)
      BRM 1.9 V8 (1966)
      BRM 2.0 V8 (1966)
      BRM 2.1 V8 (1967)
      BRM 3.0 H16 (1967)
      Ford Cos. DFV 3.0 V8 (1968)
      Ford Cos. DFV 3.0 V8 (1968)
      Ford Cos. DFV 3.0 V8 (1969)
      Ford Cos. DFV 3.0 V8 (1970)
      Ford Cos. DFV 3.0 V8 (1971)
      Ford Cos. DFV 3.0 V8 (1972)
      Ford Cos. DFV 3.0 V8 (1973)

    • The Chassis Sir Jackie raced in are as follows:
      BRM P261 (1965)
      BRM P83 (1966)
      BRM P261 (1966)
      BRM P115 (1967)
      BRM P83 (1967)
      BRM P261 (1967)
      Matra MS9 (1968)
      Matra MS7 (1968)
      Matra MS10 (1968)
      Matra MS80 (1969)
      Matra MS10 (1969)
      March 701 (1970)
      Tyrrell 001 (1970)
      Tyrrell 001 (1971)
      Tyrrell 003 (1971)
      Tyrrell 004 (1972)
      Tyrrell 005 (1972)
      Tyrrell 003 (1972)
      Tyrrell 006 (1973)
      Tyrrell 005 (1973)

    • In 2003, Sir Jackie Stewart was presented with the Sport Shooting Ambassador Award by The World Forum on the Future of Sport Shooting Activities.

    • In 1973, Sir Jackie won the "Sports Personality Of The Year" award from the BBC.

    • In 1973 he received Sports Illustrated 'Sportsman of the Year' award.

    • In 2001 Sir Jackie received a knighthood and became a founding patron of the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame.

    • Sir Jackie won the Formula One Drivers' Championship three times in his career - (1969, 1971, 1973).

    • The teams Sir Jackie raced for are as follows:
      Owen Racing Organisation (1965)
      Owen Racing Organisation (1966)
      Owen Racing Organisation (1967)
      Matra International (1968)
      Matra International (1969)
      Tyrrell Racing Organisation (1970)
      Tyrrell Racing Organisation (1970)
      Elf Team Tyrrell (1971)
      Elf Team Tyrrell (1972)
      Elf Team Tyrrell (1973)

    • Sir Jackie earned 359 points in his F1 career.

    • Sir Jackie had four triples in his career (pole position, win, and fastest lap).

    • Sir Jackie had 8 doubles in his career (pole position and win).

    • Sir Jackie recorded the fastest lap 15 times in his F1 career.

    • Sir Jackie had 17 F1 Pole Positions.

    • Sir Jackie won 27 F1 GPs.

    • Sir Jackie had 37 retirements from F1 races during his career.

    • Sir Jackie finished in the points 57 times.

    • Sir Jackie finished on the F1 podium 43 times.

    • Sir Jackie finished 63 F1 GPs.

    • Sir Jackie raced in 101 F1 GPs.

  • Quotes

    • Sir Jackie: One of the weaknesses that we've got in our sport [F1], in my opinion, is the lack of training. This is the only sport that I can think of that doesn't have coaching. If you think about coaching and communication, that's where I think there is a gap [in F1]. For sure it makes a difference - you have coaches in football, rugby, cricket, golf. Even the great Tiger Woods wouldn't walk ten metres without his coach, yet racing drivers don't need any help at all. When you suggest that they might benefit from it, there is a resistance. I don't understand that.

    • Sir Jackie: The discipline of not making mistakes is what wins. To finish first, first you must finish. My record was 99 starts and 27 wins, and it wasn't that I was necessarily that fast. It was just that I thought fairly carefully about how you had to go quickly, but you couldn't go over-the-top.

    • Sir Jackie: (on a possible successor to Max Mosley after the FIA President's 2008 sex scandal) I believe it can't be someone from within the sport. It needs to be a captain of industry, a CEO of standing, man or woman," he said, despite admitting a number of approaches from those who believe he should take on the job. But this cannot be a racing driver. I don't care who he is, how many championships he has won. No racing driver I know of is well enough prepared to take on that job. It needs to be someone who is expert in economics and business structures. It cannot be a retiring team owner or team principal. The alignments are all wrong.

    • Sir Jackie: (on the $100 million fine imposed on McLaren in 2007 after being found guilty of stealing secrets from Ferrari) I do not think it was a justifiable amount of money; I still don't today. Max Mosley tried to justify it by telling us that it was a small proportion of McLaren's turnover or their sponsorship or the wealth of the company. Would our governing body have fined a team like Spyker the same amount of money? Just because McLaren are a rich team doesn't change any crime that there may have been. What I was worried about is that I never saw anything that categorically said that a crime had occurred. I didn't see any conclusive proof.

    • Sir Jackie: (on how Lewis Hamilton conduts himself outside the cockpit) The big success in life comes as much outside as inside the cockpit. Lewis already has that bit. He has the mind for it, the attitude, the God-given skill, but he is already recognising that he needs something else. That's why he is in the factory every day, that's why he is already more popular than many British drivers who have won world championships. And he is doing it with style and humility.

    • Sir Jackie: (revealing he believes that Lewis Hamilton will set new standards for the way F1 drivers conduct themselves outside the cockpit) We will see a new generation of what I call properly prepared professional racing drivers. I don't think there is one who is that. (Michael) Schumacher became that but I am talking about fully-rounded. Schumacher was not as good as he should have been, not in terms of the driving, but the total package. I believe Lewis will create the new benchmark for a whole generation of drivers.

    • Sir Jackie: (on Lewis Hamilton, after his 2007 F1 debut) He is, of course, driving for one of the best teams in the world at the present time, with a competitive car, but nevertheless he's been able to accomplish more in a shorter time than any driver I've ever seen enter Formula One. It's no easy matter getting into Formula 1 and attacking the great talents that are out there. For a new driver to do that with such consistency and not to be making the kind of mistakes that new drivers usually make is in itself a remarkable achievement. It's not unusual for a driver to do very well in his first year and have a bit of a dip in the second year. That's par for the course. But I think within the next three years, Lewis Hamilton will certainly be in contention and could easily win the world championship.

    • Sir Jackie: (on Lewis Hamilton after his first practice session at his debut GP - Australia 2007) [Lewis] is the best prepared first year Formula One driver that I've ever seen.

    • Sir Jackie: (debating over Lewis Hamilton or Gary Paffett to fill the 2nd 2007 McLaren race seat) Now maybe it's better for them to find from within and invest and because of Ron Dennis' relationship with Lewis Hamilton, it would seem to me that he would be the man most likely to be chosen, just because that Ron Dennis has brought him along.
      But if Gary Paffett is able to lap quicker, regularly, than you should give the drive to him, because I don't see anybody else on the horizon in F1, that I can see in two or three years time, who's going to be a superstar, who's already in there.
      Because I don't think Pedro de la Rosa, who drove for us (at Jaguar) - a very nice driver - and Alex Wurz - very good at what he does - I don't know if they're going to win a world championship.

    • Sir Jackie: (after driving Mark Webber's FW27 at Goodwood 2006) It's not user-friendly the steering wheel is far too close.

    • Sir Jackie: Cornering is like bringing a woman to climax.

    • Sir Jackie: Juan Fangio was the great man of racing, whilst Stirling Moss was the epitome of a racing driver

    • Sir Jackie: In one year I travelled 450,000 miles by air.

    • Sir Jackie: When there is an accident involving fire, in most cases death is caused by the inhalation of the toxic smoke. What we need is air to go to a driver for 45 seconds. I'm surprised that this is not done, and I would make it compulsory.

    • Sir Jackie: We were racing at circuits where there were no crash barriers in front of the pits, and fuel was lying about in churns in the pit lane. A car could easily crash into the pits at any time. It was ridiculous.

    • Sir Jackie: It takes leadership to improve safety. And I started off the movement in my time, but the person who has done more over the past 20 to 30 years and who has led it is Professor Sid Watkins.

    • Sir Jackie: There is no doubt that Formula 1 has the best risk management of any sport and any industry in the world.

    • Sir Jackie: There has been a huge advance in technology, which has improved the safety of the cars incredibly, but there are still some heavy crash impacts and in certain circumstances there is still the chance of fire today.

    • Sir Jackie: (believing McLaren should sign Lewis Hamilton for 2007) We've seen it with Kimi Raikkonen, we've seen it with Alonso. Giving them the break at the right time.

    • Sir Jackie: (on Ferrari's announcement that Kimi Raikkonen had signed a 3 year contract with them, commencing from the 2007 season) They were looking after their business, they should have a succession plan and you've got to have a good driver for a good car with a budget like Ferrari has. If I was Luca Montezemolo [Ferrari president] I would want to have another driver potentially as good as Schumacher in the team in order to have the continuity of success that that team requires and his company demands.

    • Sir Jackie: (on Michael Schumacher's 2006 Italian GP win) I think he drove a wonderful race, the car performed and it was reliable and I think he should be a very happy boy tonight and should be able to sleep very comfortably.

    • Sir Jackie: (following Michael Schumacher's announcement that he was retiring at the end of the 2006 season) I think it's the right decision at the right time and I couldn't be happier for him being able to announce it after winning a grand prix, in a Ferrari in Italy that he's going to retire as a racing driver. And I think he has every chance of finishing the season as world champion.

    • Sir Jackie: (saying he would have opted to fill Montoya's seat for the remainder of 2006 with either Lewis Hamilton or Gary Paffett, over de la Rosa) I would go for the new boy, one or the other. The trouble is if you're a Mercedes-Benz, a BMW, a Honda or a Toyota, you can't take the same risks that a Ken Tyrrell might have done, today, because the corporate pressure wasn't there.
      To win the constructors' championship now you always have to have two regular finishing cars. That's the view you have to take if you're a major constructor. So it's a big gamble.

    • Sir Jackie: (after handing the reigns of the BRDC over to Damon Hill) It is my fervent hope you will give Damon Hill unanimous support to lead the club. I hope this will include the minority of members who have historically undermined and disrupted the democratically elected board.

    • Sir Jackie: (after handing the reigns of the BRDC over to Damon Hill) I hope the members give Damon their full support in working with the board in the best interests of the club.

    • Sir Jackie: (on Jenson Button) I have a very high respect for Jenson's driving skills but whether he will break through the pain barrier of not winning is another issue.

    • Sir Jackie: (after handing the reigns of the BRDC over to Damon Hill) During my time as president we have fought many battles, not least almost annually the one to retain the British Grand Prix.

    • Sir Jackie: You can never stop thinking about safety. There are always new improvements coming along. The people who work in the sport are creative and new ideas like deformable crash structures are fantastic.

    • Sir Jackie: From the five years, 1968-73, if you were an F1 driver at that time, there was a very likely chance that you would have died.

    • Sir Jackie: I think Alonso has demonstrated his ability to take on the best of the championship contenders.

    • Sir Jackie: It's great to remind yourself where it all began, ... My life has been like a magic carpet ride ever since.

    • Sir Jackie: We're relieved that we've been able to retain the British Grand Prix in this country, as I'm sure Bernie is too.

    • Sir Jackie: When I was racing, we were more used to seeing some horrific accidents. For example, Michael Schumacher is a great world champion, but I haven't seen a weekend where he doesn't go off the circuit. At every race he always has a spin or runs through the gravel trap. He usually doesn't hit anything, but nevertheless it is an error that could not have been made in the days I raced.

    • Sir Jackie: (on the British GP) We have had more sales for this year's grand prix than any other, and we have been helped in that by the fact that Jenson had 10 podiums last season and looks like a winner. It is good for British motor racing if he is there and doing well.

    • Sir Jackie: There were no medical facilities, but now today it is like an intensive care unit. Who would want to argue against that? People were dying regularly.

    • Sir Jackie: From today I am no longer a racing driver. I'm retired and I am very happy.

    • Sir Jackie: (on Lewis Hamilton) I think he has an enormous future, he has clearly got great talent and now he has to step up to the next level. No matter what you have done in the formative classes of the sport, you've still got to cut your teeth again in the big time with different pressure but it seems to me that he is very well adjusted.

    • Sir Jackie: (on Schumacher's 2006 Monaco actions damaging Ferrari's reputation) They are seriously damaged, firstly Massa made an unnecessary error of judgement in the first series of qualifying yesterday by running into the barrier at Casino Square that took him to the back of the grid. Now Michael Schumacher's at the back of the grid. I think Ferrari will overcome this weekend. Emotionally they will go to the next Grand Prix at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and make a hell of a race out of it, he'll want to prove they are who they are, and Schumacher can certainly do that.
      But I think it's damaging to his reputation and I think somewhat also to Ferrari's because they have had a lot of run-ins with officialdom over the years with regards to regularity things, so I think people are getting a little bit conscious of that.

    • Sir Jackie: (on Schumacher's 2006 Monaco actions not being planned) I would have to say that I don't think he went into that corner with the intention of stopping. I would give him the benefit of the doubt in that.
      But when he made his slight error and it was a very slight error, I mean there's no damaged car or no front wing knocked off, if it had really been a problem that would have happened.
      So as soon as he recognised there was a small problem, he made it a big problem and I think that was conscious.
      I don't think the stewards had any option. I was concerned that the FIA would not make the type of decision they made and I think they only had two options.
      They had the option of putting him at the back of the grid or, and I think it was a realistic one, they could have taken him out of the race, as a disciplinary action. Because if you do that, it's a very serious thing for Ferrari as well as Schumacher, and no other driver or no other team would take the risk of being able to over live that one.

    • Sir Jackie: (on Michael Schumacher being stripped of pole position in the 2006 Monaco GP) I was very disappointed, he's a driver of enormous talent and ability, he's got a record that's quite incredible. The finest record that has ever been in Formula 1 motor racing and I don't think he needs to do that.
      I think he did make a mistake, but his mind management clicked in and he thought I've now made a mistake, what can I make of that- his mind works very quickly. ut to say that the car stalled and he couldn't go any further I think is not correct as I remember here in 1997 with Stewart Grand Prix and he spun at St Devote within 10 laps of the end of the race in the rain.
      He didn't stall the car then because he was going to lose the race and he continued. There was much more dangerous circumstances than he did at the Rascasse yesterday. I was very disappointed.

    • Sir Jackie: (after Michael Schumacher was stripped of Pole Position at the 2006 Monaco GP) My immediate reaction was that it had been too obvious. I said straight away: "That's not an accident." Then, when you saw the replay, you could see he turned in [to the corner], he turned out - there was plenty of time to sort things out. I have to believe it was a piece of very agile mental management in the sense that I've never seen anyone having the presence of mind to do that. He was fully aware, I'm sure, that Alonso was on a quick lap and there were only seconds remaining.

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