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Jackie joy as Lewis homes in.

Byline: BYRON YOUNG

SIR JACKIE STEWART would love to see Lewis Hamilton beat one of his longest standing records at the British Grand Prix.

The world champion equalled the legendary Scot's 45-year-old benchmark of leading 17 successive races at Sunday's Austrian GP, even though Hamilton did not win.

And if he adds one more front-running lap at the British GP a week on Sunday, Hamilton will take a record that had eluded great names including Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.

"Actually, I am amazed it has taken so long," said Stewart. "I am surprised Schumacher didn't do it.

"Records are made to be broken. I broke Fangio's record when he had 25 Grands Prix victories. And Jim Clark's at 26.

"When Prost finally beat my record of wins, I was there. I toasted him with champagne. And I'd be happy to do the same with Lewis. I'll be at Silverstone.

"I am very happy I had it for that length of time. It is 42 years since I retired."

And for Stewart, 76, it would be extra-special to see it happen at their home race, Silverstone.

"Of all the GPs, yes, because that's the one you want to win," he added.

"I would be more than pleased to see him win it. He has a lot to be proud of."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 24, 2015
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