Oblivious to all of the distractions surrounding him, then two-time Formula One World Driving Champion, Jackie Stewart focuses on capturing the pole for the 1972 United States Grand Prix, in the revised ELF Team Tyrrell-Ford 005.
That I was able to listen as he discussed possible minute changes to his car’s balance with engineer Derek Gardner was a lesson in how a world champion systematically adjusts his car to be the easiest to drive at a predetermined point in a race and how he intended to reach that point with a reserve. Simply magic.
He had pushed himself extraordinarily hard during 1972, competing in Formula One as well as the European Touring Car Championship. The exhausting schedule lead to an enforced month’s layoff with gastritis.
Still, he won four Grands Prix that season, and finished second in the Driver’s Championship.