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Sir Jackie Stewart
OBE
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Stewart in the Silverstone lane for the 2014 British Grand Prix
Nationality United Kingdom British
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 19651973
Teams BRM, Matra, March, Tyrrell
Races 100 (99 starts)
Championships 3 (1969, 1971, 1973)
Wins 27
Podiums 43
Career points 359 (360)
Pole positions 17
Fastest laps 15

Sir John Young "Jackie" Stewart (born 11 June 1939) is a British former Formula One racing driver from Scotland. Nicknamed the "Flying Scot", he competed in Formula One between 1965 and 1973, winning three World Drivers' Championships, and twice finishing as runner-up over those nine seasons.

Stewart was also instrumental in improving the safety of motor racing, campaigning for better medical facilities and track improvements at motor racing circuits. Subsequently, he became a consultant for Ford Motor Company while continuing to be a spokesman for safer cars and circuits in Formula One.

Stewart was born in Scotland, in a village 15 miles west of Glasgow. Stewart's family were Austin, later Jaguar, car dealers and had built up a successful business. His father had been an amateur motorcycle racer, and his brother was a racing driver.

At the age of 13 he had won a clay pigeon shooting competition and then went on to become a prize-winning member of the Scottish shooting team, competing in the United Kingdom and abroad. He won the British, Irish, Welsh and Scottish skeet shooting championships and twice won the "Coupe de Nations" European championship.

During the period 1971 to 1986, Stewart covered F1 races, NASCAR races and Indianapolis 500 as a color commentator, and also functioned as host for the latter. He was noted for his insightful analysis, Scottish accent, and rapid delivery, which once caused Jim McKay to remark that Stewart spoke almost as fast as he drove.

Stewart lives in the Buckinghamshire village of Ellesborough. Between 1969 and 1997 he lived in Begnins, near Lake Geneva in Switzerland. He married his childhood sweetheart Helen (née McGregor) in 1962 and they have two sons.

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