Three-time Formula 1 World Champion Jackie Stewart has revealed that he recently suffered a stroke.
The 84-year-old was attending the wedding of Crown Prince Hussein in Jordan when he was struck by the health issue, which left him unconscious for some time before being escorted to the hospital.
“This was the night before the wedding,’ said Stewart, speaking to the Daily Mail.
“I got up in the night feeling strange. I just dropped. And then I can’t remember. I was unconscious for quite a long time.
“I was taken to hospital in Jordan. My son Paul and his wife were there for the wedding, in a bedroom on a different floor.
“To this day I don’t know how I got to Paul’s room, but I must have been somewhat alert to get hold of him.
“They got me into an ambulance, but I have no recall of that either. His Majesty got the best doctors available for me.
“I wanted to get home as fast as possible, and the Crown Prince of Bahrain very generously gave his aircraft to fly me back to Europe.
“By then I was pretty much OK. I wasn’t walking very well though.”
Stewart believes his hectic travelling schedule in the weeks leading up to the stroke played a part.
As he continues his recovery, Stewart asserts that he will not be missing out on the British Grand Prix from Silverstone this weekend.
“I am now doing a lot of physiotherapy and I can walk almost completely perfectly,” he added.
“Everything’s going well — I am going to Silverstone for two days this weekend.”
Stewart is a two-time winner of the British GP, prevailing in 1969 and 1971 at Silverstone.