Stewart: Let on-track battles do the talking
11 July 2010 – Sir Jackie Stewart advises all to support the likes of British World Champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, rather than criticise as some have done at Silverstone this weekend. Admitting that tensions can build within a team, the Scot is sure that the better driver on the race track will prevail.
Stewart claimed three world titles – 1969, 1971 and 1973 – before retiring from racing and becoming one of the sport's best ambassadors for safety. He then entered his own team with son Paul between 1997 and 1999.
However, with the press having questioned McLaren's Englishmen on Thursday with regards to a strained relationship, Sir Jackie believes onlookers should concentrate more on the on-track action.
“Well it's an easy one to speculate on - two British drivers, back-to-back World Championships between then, trying to win each race and trying to regain their own championships,” Stewart told GPUpdate.net in the Silverstone paddock on Sunday morning.
“I don't think it needs any firing up; I think we're very lucky to have two British drivers currently first and second - we should be applauding that, rather than trying to interfere with it. We should be supporting them, rather then trying to cause a riff, but it's a natural instinct and each driver wants to do his best and wants to beat his team-mate.
“So I understand that, but we need to let it work - the best man will win.”