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Sir John Young Stewart OBE (born June 11, 1939 in Dumbartonshire, Scotland), better known as Jackie Stewart, is a three-time Formula One racing champion representing Great Britain. He has been appointed an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire). He's also well known as a commentator of racing television broadcasts where his accent made him a distinctive presence.
In Formula One, Jackie Stewart began his career with the BRM team. He switched to Ken Tyrrell's team where he drove Matra during the 1968 and 1969 seasons. After a dispute between Tyrrell and Matra concerning the use of Ford engines, Stewart drove a March until Tyrrell built its own cars.
Stewart became world champion in 1969 driving a Cosworth-powered Matra MS80 . As of today he is the one and only driver to have won the championship driving a French car. He went on to win the Formula One world championship in 1971 and 1973 with Tyrrell cars. He also received Sports Illustrated magazine's 1973 "Sportsman of the Year" award. In 1990, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Stewart retired in 1973, subsequently becoming a consultant for the Ford Motor Company. At the same time, he became a spokesman for safer cars and circuits in Formula One. In 1997 Stewart returned to Formula One, with Stewart Grand Prix, as a team owner in partnership with his son, Paul, and the Ford Motor Company. The team was later bought by Ford and became Jaguar Racing in 2000. More recently, Robbie Williams honored him in his song Supreme. Stewart received a knighthood in 2001.
- Grand Prix History - Hall of Fame, Jackie Stewart
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