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Paul Crowder’s very well-researched feature documentary about Formula One racing, made alongside Ron Howard’s drama Rush and narrated by Michael Fassbender, has a strangely morbid undertow. The first part of the film follows the “travelling circus” of Grand Prix drivers in the 1960s and 1970s. They’re very dashing figures (likened by some to Spitfire pilots) who lead glamorous lives but stand a fair chance of being killed. Their cars are “mobile bombs” that grew faster and faster, even as the safety standards of the tracks stayed the same.

Local hero Lewis Hamilton claims pole

Time for home driver to restore some pride at Silverstone

Sir Jackie Stewart's presence in the paddock serves as a reminder of the heady days when fans expected to see a local win

A still from the film

First Night review: The Look of Love gives us porn king Paul Raymond as Citizen Kane – so where’s the dirt?

Steve Coogan is a lively lead, but Paul Raymond is just too superficial (and too sleazy) to carry a glitzy biopic

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 26 March 2013

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The greatest moments in Formula One history

Moments that helped create legends and fuel rivalries and incidents that altered the course of championship

Vettel celebrates after winning at the Australian Grand Prix last year

Bernie Ecclestone issues warning over Australia Grand Prix

The Australian Grand Prix is "probably" the least economically viable in the Formula One calendar, and is unlikely to continue if Melbourne loses its appetite to fit the bill for the race, according to commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

Vettel signals his achievement after a scintillating lap in Brazil

Vettel overtakes Mansell with 15th pole of season

Sebastian Vettel set a new record for pole positions in Interlagos yesterday, taking a ground-breaking 15th in a season to move ahead of Nigel Mansell whom he equalled in Abu Dhabi. The world championtook his Red Bull round in a scintillating 1min 11.918sec, and just to rub in Red Bull's superiority he was joined on the front row by his team-mate, Mark Webber, still desperate for a win this season.

Evidence grows that sport is a productive path for dyslexics

Tom Lewis's show at the Open boosts the theory of a link between on-field success and the medical condition

Warnock 'staying' at QPR

Neil Warnock is sure he will begin next season in charge of promoted Queen's Park Rangers but admits his position may come under scrutiny if the team makes a poor start.

Silverstone unveils £27m new pit and paddock

Silverstone today officially opened its new £27million pit and paddock complex to now guarantee the circuit's place as one of the best in the world.

Will Hawkes: You may think F1 has got deadly dull. Once it was just deadly

View From The Sofa: Grand Prix: The Killing Years, BBC4

Real Racers: Photography from the Klemantaski Collection, By Stuart Codlin

Louis Klemantaski was a French photographer devoted to documenting motor racing while it burgeoned during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, and the archive that bears his name now holds some 500,000 images of the sport.

Mark Webber against Formula One 'fake rain' proposal

Mark Webber has dismissed Bernie Ecclestone's idea of using 'fake rain' during Formula One grands prix.

Win tickets to the British GT Championship

The Avon Tyres British GT Championship heads to the historic curves of Brands Hatch with two one-hour race's on Sunday 26 September.

Kobayashi signs new Sauber contract

Sauber have re-signed Kamui Kobayashi for next season.

Meet the next Briton tipped to break into Formula One

Paul Di Resta was well familiar with Silverstone long before he drove a Force India in yesterday morning's first free practice session.

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