Motorcycles | 12 September 2017F1 Rivalries: Jackie Stewart Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Rivalries exist in motor racing, just as they do in any sport. One competitor wants to beat another. The major difference is that racing drivers are doing it wheel-to-wheel, at anything up to 200mph. Sir Jackie Stewart competed in Formula One between 1965 and 1973, winning three World Drivers’ Championships, and twice runner-up during his relatively short career. His outstanding track record still ranks him among the most successful champions, yet in terms of personally influencing the way Formula One racing developed Jackie Stewart stands alone. His one-man safety crusade made the sport much safer. His excellent communication skills helped make it more popular. He set new standards of professionalism for drivers and was also a pioneer in exploiting Formula One racing’s commercial potential. And of course, the “Flying Scot” had a couple of well-known rivalries. From the lavishly illustrated Motorbooks publication Formula 1: The Pursuit of Speed is a look back at some of his rivalries during those exciting years of the sport. RINDT–STEWART 1969 Rivals, but friends and neighbours in Switzerland, Jackie Stewart and Jochen Rindt engaged in some classic battles, particularly the 1969 British Grand Prix when they swapped the lead many times during an epic contest (top photo), victory eventually going to Stewart’s Matra-Ford. Stewart won the championship that year, but in 1970 Rindt had the upper hand with his Lotus-Ford. The Austrian was killed during practice for the Italian Grand Prix, but had scored enough points to become Grand Prix racing’s only posthumous World Champion. Stewart was devastated, he and his wife Helen (below, after Stewart had won the 1969 Dutch GP) having been close to Jochen and his wife Nina (bottom photo). Rindt is best remembered by fans for his spectacular driving style and a fairy-tale victory at Monaco in 1970 after the erstwhile leader, Jack Brabham, had crashed at the final corner when under pressure from the flying Rindt. FITTIPALDI–STEWART 1972–73 Emerson Fittipaldi’s (below right) meteoric rise in motorsport continued after winning only his fourth F1 race – the 1970 United States Grand Prix – and going on to challenge Jackie Stewart (below left) for the championship two years later. Fittipaldi made the most of the all-conquering Lotus-Ford to take his first title in 1972, but had a much harder fight with Stewart and his Tyrrell- Ford during the following season. Fittipaldi won the first two races, including his home Grand Prix in Brazil, but had to give best to the Scotsman, a driver he much admired. Stewart, having won his third championship, retired at the end of 1973. Buy From an Online Retailer With over 300 photographs – from the 1950s to the present day and many previously unpublished – this stunning book is the ultimate celebration of Formula One. This new updated version includes photographs from Rosberg’s winning and retiring year. From the charismatic rivalries of Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss and the highly competitive Championship battles of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, through to the historic tales of Monaco’s winding course and the atmospheric crowds of Monza, the adrenaline-fueled, high-octane world of Formula One has created some of the greatest moments in sporting history. Chronicling both the changing face of the teams and their cars, from Lotus and Cooper to Williams and Ferrari, and of course the legendary drivers who have pushed their machines and themselves to the limits, these incredible photographs are from the archive of Bernard Cahier and his son, Paul- Henri who have been trackside capturing the drama of the Formula One Championships since the 1950s. Brought to life by Formula One correspondent Maurice Hamilton, they tell the story behind the infamous circuits that have played host to intense rivalries which have produced moments of tragedy and triumph that read like a film script. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.