Arise, Sir Jackie: Stewart gets knighthood

Jackie Stewart has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. The former Grand Prix driver becomes the third post-war racing legend to become a knight, following in the footsteps of Stirling Moss and Jack Brabhham

Arise, Sir Jackie: Stewart gets knighthood

The 63-year-old Scot won 27 of his 99 Grands Prix and is a triple World Champion, taking the Formula 1 title in 1969, '71 and '73.

Stewart, born in Dumbarton, said of his knighthood, "This is more important than my first win or winning the world championship."

After retiring from racing in 1973, Stewart turned to team ownership with his son Paul, building a 'staircase of talent' that included Formula 3000 an extremely successful Formula 3 team.

Stewart's ownership ambitions culminated in forming the Stewart Racing Formula 1 team in 1997. The Milton Keynes-based squad took their one and only Grand Prix win in 1999, when Johnny Herbert won at the Nurburgring, before being taken over by Ford and being renamed Jaguar Racing last year.

Stewart is also the president of the British Racing Drivers' Club and was instrumental in securing Silverstone's future as the long term home of the British Grand Prix.

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