World Champion driver Jackie Stewart of Scotland announced his long-expected retirement from motor racing in London on Sunday (14 October).
Carlton Towers Hotel, London.
CU ZOOM OUT Jackie Stewart at news conference.
Stewart: "1973 has in fact been a successful year as far as I'm concerned. The World Championship this time has meant a great deal to me. Today I'm a lighter man than I have been for some time, I've enjoyed it enormously, there's no one enjoyed it more than I have. All these races have been a great experience. Motor racing I certainly won't be leaving, because I'm intending to be very much involved in the future. I hope that I'll be able to do things for the sport, for its foundations, for its security, and I hope that some of the experience that I've had will assist the sport and a few other people in the process. I think that the biggest consideration I've had have been the family, the boys and Helen is the reason that I'm stopping because I feel that it's my responsibility to do that. So until that point when I will come back I thank you all so for and I can only say that I'm really very happy of the decision that I've made and this is something that means a great deal to me and thank you all so far."
Initials APSM/1834 APSM/1849
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: World Champion driver Jackie Stewart of Scotland announced his long-expected retirement from motor racing in London on Sunday (14 October).
Stewart -- three times World Champion and the driver who won a record 27 Grand Prix races - made the announcement just two weeks after the death of his team-mate Francois Cavert of France.
Cevart was killed while practising for the United States Grand Prix -- the race that would have been Stewart's one-hundredth Grand Prix. But he withdrew.
Stewart -- who's 34 -- said he made the decision to retire in April this year, because of his family, As the world's best-known, and probably its richest racing driver, Stewart will work in future as a consultant to Ford of Europe on special projects and production development.
He will also continue his crusade for greater safety in motor racing.