2001: Jackie Stewart Knighted
14 Jun 2012
On Saturday 16th June, 2001, Jackie Stewart was awarded a
knighthood for his achievements in sport and his tireless work to improve
safety standards in racing. During
Stewart's F1 career, the chances of a driver who raced for five years being
killed in a crash were two out of three.
witnessing the dangerous conditions first hand, Stewart decided to make a
'I thought that was wrong so I went about trying to change
it fairly vigorously. It was highly irregular for a driver to be speaking out
about safety but in my opinion it's the biggest contribution I made to motor
sport - much more so than winning three world championships.'- Jackie Stewart
Due to his hard work, despite opposition from the press,
track owners, and fellow drivers, Stewart's requests were granted. There are
now improved safety measures for drivers including mandatory seat belt use and
full-face helmets. Emergency services are now present during races, and tracks
have been modernized to include safety barriers and run off areas.
This picture is taken
from Jackie Stewart's COLLAGE.