British motor-racing driver and three times World Champion (1969, 1971, and 1973).
The son of a garage proprietor from the Dunbarton district, Stewart started racing locally in 1961 and in 1964 was racing Cooper-BMC cars for Ken Tyrrell as well as a Lotus-Cosworth in Formula Two events. His success led to a place in the BRM Formula One team in 1965, victory in the Italian Grand Prix, and third place in the Drivers' Championship. He also drove Cooper-BRMs and Matras in Formula Two, again for Ken Tyrrell, and in 1968, Tyrrell and Stewart started their successful partnership in Formula One. Driving a Matra-Ford, Stewart achieved second place in the championship, in spite of a cracked wrist bone sustained after crashing his Formula Two car during practice for the Spanish Grand Prix. However, in 1969 he drove the Matra-Ford to six Grand Prix victories and his first World Championship. He repeated this success in 1971, driving a Tyrrell-Ford, and again in 1973, when he retired from racing with a record tally of twenty-seven Grand Prix wins.
Stewart was a champion even before his motor-racing career – as a champion clay pigeon marksman, he was a reserve for the 1960 British Olympic team. Following his retirement, he has pursued his business interests and acted as a commentator on motor sport and other motoring topics for television and the press.
Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).