F1's Greatest Drivers: Jackie Stewart
The second in the series on the best drivers to have taken the track in Formula One. Statsindia Updated: Sep 27, 2011 01:59 IST
The second in the series on the best drivers to have taken the track in Formula One.
Not one to let something like dyslexia stand in his way, Jackie Stewart not only nearly made it to Great Britain's Olympic trap shooting team, but also won three world titles and 27 wins. It was Stewart who set into motion a safety drive that led to F1 tracks being bordered by metal barriers and made it mandatory for drivers to wear seat belts and full face helmets. He also founded his own F1 team which won its only race in 1999.
Ended his career on a high after winning his third and final World Championship in 1973. Retired immediately after the end of the season.
Suffered a near career-ending crash at the 1965 Belgian Grand Prix after which he lay unattended to in a makeshift hospital with engine oil eating into his skin. Stewart did everything he could to make F1 safer after that experience.