Celebrities in Switzerland: Jackie Stewart
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Stewart, Jackie (1939 - ) UK / F1 driver / VD

The legendary Scottish race car driver lives north of Lake Geneva in the canton of Vaud. Born in 1939, John Young Stewart grew up surrounded by cars since his father owned a garage in Dumbartonshire. Automobile racing is a family tradition - his father and brother had also driven race cars.

But Jackie Stewart first excelled in a completely different discipline - shooting. He even participated in the 1960 Olympics Games on the Scottish national team. In 1963, Ken Tyrell was looking for an outstanding driver and persuaded him to race for his team. Stewart demonstrated the scope of his talent behind the wheel of a Formula 3.

He completed his first Formula 1 season in 1965 and won the Grand Prix in Monza. That year, he finished third in the overall classification. Despite a terrible accident the following year, Jackie Steward was crowned world champion in 1969, 1971 and 1973. He retired from competition after this last title, with 27 Grand Prix victories to his name. He has, however, been profoundly marked by the deadly accidents of some of his racing friends.

Settled in the canton of Vaud since 1969, Jackie Stewart sent his children to the prestigious Aiglon College in Villars. He now lives an active retirement. He created his own F1 team in 1996, Stewart Racing, which he recently sold to Ford for 140 million dollars. He is also a sports consultant for the American station ABC.

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