Sir Jackie Stewart has recently admitted that he frequently forgets people’s names and worries that he may have dementia. The former Formula One world champion admitted that he is not as sharp as he once was after having a stroke last month in the Middle East.

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Who is Sir Jackie Stewart?

Sir Jackie Stewart is a former racing driver and one of the most iconic figures in the history of Formula One. He is widely considered one of the best F1 drivers of all time. Stewart’s influence on the sport goes beyond his driving prowess as throughout his career, he significantly contributed to raising safety standards in Formula One.

Throughout his F1 career, which lasted from 1965 to 1973, Stewart raced for three different teams: Tyrrell, Matra, and BRM. In 1969, 1971, and 1973, he won the FIA Formula One World Championship, achieving extraordinary achievements along the way.

In addition to his remarkable championship achievements, Stewart was renowned for his excellent dependability and acumen behind the wheel. He was a very systematic and strategic driver, and his capacity to control both the performance of his car and his race earned him the moniker “The Flying Scot.”

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Due to the devastating experiences of his colleagues and fellow drivers who lost their lives in racing accidents, Stewart was notably also an outspoken supporter of increased safety in motorsport. He was key in driving Formula One safety regulations and significantly improved driver safety in the sport. His contributions and sway in this field are still valued and respected in the racing world.

Stewart continued to be involved in motorsport as a commentator, team owner, and adviser after leaving Formula One racing at the conclusion of the 1973 season. He has established a successful career as an entrepreneur and a well-known spokesperson for a number of social causes, including raising awareness of dyslexia, a condition he personally struggled with.

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Jackie Stewart became Sir Jackie Stewart in 2001 after receiving a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in honor of his contributions to motorsport.