Honorary degree for Sir Jackie

Sir Jackie Stewart has said it was "very nice" to be surrounded by "so many clever folk" while receiving an honorary Doctor of Science degree at St Andrews University

The 69-year-old Formula One legend, once dubbed the Flying Scot, was diagnosed with the learning difficulty dyslexia at the age of 42.

Three-times world champion Sir Jackie, a member of the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame, was given the award for his achievements in motor sport.

After receiving the honour, he said: "I'm enormously privileged. This is a fantastic institution with a history that goes back almost 600 years.

"To receive this is a special honour and, of course, I am among all the rest of the students who are graduating. This is their new life, and it is particularly nice to be surrounded by so many clever folk."

Dumbarton-born Sir Jackie began racing in 1962, winning the world champion title seven years later and again in 1971 and 1973. He remains among the top five drivers of all time, and devotes much of his efforts to campaigning for track safety.

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