Saturday June 16th, 2001
Three-times former Formula One world champion Jackie Stewart was knighted on Saturday in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Stewart, 62, won 27 Formula One races and three world titles in a glittering driving career.
"I am very proud at receiving the Knighthood in recognition of my career as a racing driver. I hope that some of this may have to do with my business activities since I retired."
"I know too the contribution of others to my career and I wish to share the moment especially with Ken Tyrrell, and with all the mechanics and engineers with whom I have worked throughout my career."
Born in Dumbartonshire, Scotland, Stewart won Formula One world titles in 1969, 1971, and 1973, and finished runner-up in 1968 and 1972.
He made his Formula One debut for the BRM team in 1965 and won his first Grand Prix in Monza, Italy in only his eighth race. A move to Tyrrell followed in 1970 at the start of six highly successful seasons.
He retired after winning his last championship and took up commentating as well as pursuing business interests before setting up the Paul Stewart racing team, moving into Formula One in 1997 in a five-year engine deal with Ford.
A maiden victory was achieved at the European Grand Prix in 1999 and later that year the team was sold to Ford.