Stewart Warns BRDC Members

Former World Champion Jackie Stewart has told British Racing Drivers' Club members to back him fully at next month's Extraordinary General Meeting to decide his future, or he will quit his position as president

Stewart Warns BRDC Members

In the wake of calls this week for BRDC members to vote for Stewart to retain his presidency but lose his powers as a club director, Stewart himself has upped the ante in his battle with club factions in claiming he will stay on as President only if his role is unchanged.

In a letter that Stewart has written to club members ahead of the May 12 EGM to vote on his future, he has warned that he is not willing to compromise on his future role with the BRDC.

"The Board, in their letter convening the EGM, have...expressed their support and I hope you will do likewise," wrote Stewart in the letter. "I have no desire to remain in office if that is not the wish of the majority of the Members of the Club, neither am I prepared to continue as President if I am required to rescind my Directorship. However, I will not give in to a vociferous minority."

Stewart's stance is clearly aimed at him securing the full backing of club members, after recent moves to pressure Stewart to resign were not accepted.

Stewart has also gone on the attack against certain club factions, and in particular former chairman Ray Bellm, for widespread criticism of the manner in which he has run the club over recent years.

"It is clear that this is a coordinated campaign of spin and dirty tricks. It is my belief that the misinformation has been generated through Mr Bellm and his supporters, since his removal from the Board.

"These lies are unacceptable in any organisation and are without doubt damaging to the Club, as well as the individual Members and professionals involved."

He added: "The vicious personal attacks against fellow Members, and the lies and spin, are an ugly and very unwelcome development, I would hope Members join me in standing up to them."

shares
comments
Webber: Heidfeld 'Just Sits There'
Previous article

Webber: Heidfeld 'Just Sits There'

Next article

Q & A with Mike Gascoyne

Q & A with Mike Gascoyne
Load comments
The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver the goods for McLaren  Plus

The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver the goods for McLaren 

From being lapped by his own team-mate in Monaco to winning at Monza, it’s been a tumultuous first season at McLaren for Daniel Ricciardo. But, as he tells STUART CODLING, there’s more to the story of his turnaround than having a lovely summer holiday during Formula 1's summer break...

The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title Plus

The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title

As the battle continues to rage over the F1 2021 drivers' championship, teams up and down the grid are turning their attentions to the prize money attributed to each position in the constructors' standings. But F1's sliding scale rules governing windtunnel and CFD use will soften the blow for those who miss out on the top places

Formula 1
Nov 25, 2021
The invisible enemy that’s made Hamilton’s title charge tougher Plus

The invisible enemy that’s made Hamilton’s title charge tougher

After winning his past few Formula 1 titles at a canter, Lewis Hamilton currently trails Max Verstappen by eight points heading into the final double-header of 2021. Although Red Bull has been his biggest on-track challenge, Hamilton feels that he has just as much to grapple with away from the circuit

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2021
Why F1’s inconvenient penalties have to stay Plus

Why F1’s inconvenient penalties have to stay

OPINION: Quibbles over the length of time taken by Formula 1's stewards over decisions are entirely valid. But however inconvenient it is, there can be no questioning the importance of having clearly defined rules that everyone understands and can stick to. Recent events have shown that ambiguity could have big consequences

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2021
The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021’s title fight climax Plus

The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021’s title fight climax

OPINION: Red Bull has had Formula 1’s fastest package for most of 2021, but in several of the title run-in events it has wasted the RB16B’s potential. It cannot afford to do so again with Lewis Hamilton motoring back towards Max Verstappen in the drivers’ standings with two rounds remaining

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2021
Qatar Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Qatar Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Qatar was a virtual unknown for most as Formula 1 made its inaugural visit to the Gulf state, and tyre management quickly emerged as an even more critical factor than normal. Perhaps then it should come as no surprise that two of the championship's elder statesmen produced standout drives

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2021
How Hamilton dominated in Qatar despite missing a key Mercedes advantage Plus

How Hamilton dominated in Qatar despite missing a key Mercedes advantage

There was simply no stopping Lewis Hamilton on Formula 1's first visit to Qatar. The Mercedes driver eased to pole position and led every lap to secure an utterly dominant victory - even without a key Mercedes weapon in his arsenal to increase the heat on Red Bull heading into the final two races of the gripping 2021 title race

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2021
How Surtees became an unappreciated Ferrari great Plus

How Surtees became an unappreciated Ferrari great

John Surtees and Enzo Ferrari parted ways amicably but could have achieved more together. On the weekend that Formula 1 makes its bow in Qatar, a country best-known for staging bike racing, NIGEL ROEBUCK recalls the career of the formidable ‘Big John’ - the first man to achieve success at the highest level on two and four wheels

Formula 1
Nov 21, 2021