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Jackie Stewart’s First F1 Victory: 50 Years Ago at the 1965 Italian Grand Prix

This weekend, Formula One returns to one of its spiritual homes, the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, for the Italian Grand Prix. Fifty years ago, on September 12, 1965, a 26-year-old rookie British Racing Motors (BRM) driver named Jackie Stewart took his first career victory on the same track. When the teams arrived at Monza that year after a month-and-a-half summer break, there was little hint that Stewart or BRM would have such a memorable weekend. Lotus' Jim Clark had won six of the first seven races of the season, only missing out on Monaco—won by Stewart's team-mate, Graham Hill—because he did not enter the race. He and Lotus boss Colin Chapman were busy winning the Indianapolis 500 that weekend. Still, Stewart's sublime talent ...

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