Stewart's verdict on F1 past and present

Stewart's verdict on F1 past and present

When AUTOSPORT's sister publication F1 Racing went for lunch with Sir Jackie Stewart, the outcome was an illuminating analysis of the sport present and past from the legendary triple world champion

Hosting this lunch with Sir Jackie Stewart feels somewhat surreal. Back in 1967, I remember waiting patiently by the BRM truck for his autograph and then watching in awe as he provoked the hefty BRM H16 into a power slide through Becketts during practice for the British Grand Prix.

Seven years later, as a fan posing as a journalist, I blagged my way into a BMW 7-Series as he took a bunch of writers around the Nordschleife during a lull in practice for the German Grand Prix. I never uttered a word, but I wrote a story about that journey (how could you fail to find the right words after such an experience?) and the piece was published, thus providing the leg-up I needed into the world of motorsport journalism.

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