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37. Sir Jackie Stewart

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ROLEX TESTIMONEE SIR JACKIE STEWART PREPARES TO DRIVE IN THE 70 YEARS OF FORMULA 1 CELEBRATION

Age 83
Occupation Former Driver, Rolex Ambassador, Brand Advisor
Nationality British
Position Last Year 32

Sir Jackie Stewart participated in 99 Formula 1 Grand Prix races, winning 27, carrying off three world championships (1969, 1971 and 1973) and finishing 43 times on the podium. He has been a Rolex Testimonee since 1968. In tribute to his exceptional career, in 2012, he was named Grand Marshal of the 50th-anniversary edition of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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Stewart was also instrumental in improving the safety of motor racing, campaigning for better medical facilities and track improvements at motor racing circuits.

After John Surtees died in 2017, he became the last surviving Formula One World Champion from the 1960s. The owner of Right Formula, which has become the largest agency in Formula 1, represents more sponsors than any other agency.

He also spent a lot of time in the boardrooms of big companies and made a lot of money before he gave up his helmet. He starred in TV commercials and advertising campaigns, gave speeches, went on worldwide promotional tours and had offices in London, New York and Switzerland, where he lived for several years. Stewart was well-placed to cash in on the dividends provided by the arrival of major sponsors when Formula 1 racing became a global television spectacle – a phenomenon in which he also played a significant role.

Sir Jackie Stewart became a much sought-after media personality and a compelling TV commentator, explaining the intricacies of the sport and tirelessly promoting it. In 1971, he worked for ABC TV as a co-host for the extensive American network’s live coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix. On the starting grid, where his Tyrrell was on the pole, Stewart spoke to the camera, explaining in detail how difficult the race would be. He pulled off his helmet at the finish line and again addressed the camera, describing how he had won.

He was always a winner (even his new Stewart Grand Prix team won in 1999 before he sold it to Ford, who rebranded it Jaguar, which went nowhere), and Sir Jackie Stewart remains one of the best-known Formula 1 champions. He still loves the sport, and in 2001, he received a knighthood for his contributions.

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