Monaco, Friday 27 May 2016 – Rolex Testimonee and three-time FIA Formula One™ Drivers’ World Champion, Sir Jackie Stewart, proudly celebrates 50 years since his first ever FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO victory at the Circuit de Monaco in 1966, while racing for British Racing Motors in the BRM P261. This significant win marked the start of a successful racing career as the young Scot went on to become a three-time FIA Formula One™ Drivers’ World Champion in 1969, 1971 and 1973, winning 27 of his 99 F1® Grand Prix races, three of which were at the enduring Monte-Carlo street circuit.
The FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO is considered one of the greatest races in the world and requires a combination of precision driving and technical excellence. The Principality’s first ever Grand Prix was organized in 1929 and has been a regular fixture on the calendar since 1955. To win the FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO, the ultimate jewel in the Formula 1® crown, places a driver's name on a list that includes many of history's all-time racing greats, including Sir Jackie Stewart, Juan Manuel Fangio, Graham Hill, Sir Stirling Moss, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Alain Prost.
It was during this racing era in the late 1960s when Rolex forged an esteemed relationship with Sir Jackie Stewart. An emblematic figure of motor racing, his achievements have made him one of the most celebrated Formula 1® drivers of all time and a natural fit with Rolex, given their shared passion for speed, precision and performance. For Rolex, a Global Partner and the Official Timepiece of Formula 1® since 2013, sponsoring leading sports series and individuals is not only a vital part of the brand’s tradition, but these extraordinary partnerships are a perfect reflection of the company’s ethos and values.
Rolex Testimonee Sir Jackie Stewart said: “I am delighted to be celebrating 50 years since my first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco victory – it was one of the greatest moments in my racing career. It is every racing driver’s dream to not only race here, but to win the prestigious Grand Prix and I am incredibly proud to have achieved it three times.”
Arnaud Boetsch, Rolex SA Communication & Image Director, said: “Sir Jackie Stewart has been a part of the Rolex family for almost fifty years and we are delighted to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first ever Grand Prix de Monaco victory with him this weekend. To win the race once is an achievement, but to win it three times demonstrates the ultimate skill and precision of a world-class Champion, and we are incredibly proud to have forged an esteemed relationship with one of the greatest racing drivers of all time.”
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Rolex's close ties with motor sport date back to Sir Malcolm Campbell’s World Land Speed Record successes in the 1930s, when he became the first driver to break the 300 mph barrier at the wheel of Bluebird. Since then, Rolex’s presence in motor racing has grown steadily, supporting iconic endurance races such as the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans; iconic classic car events steeped in elegance, beauty and tradition, including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Goodwood Revival; the leading motor sport series, Formula 1®, and most recently, the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Rolex, the leading brand of the Swiss watch industry, is headquartered in Geneva and enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its Oyster watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces all the essential components of its watches in-house, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, exploration, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities as well as philanthropic programmes.
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