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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.

Formula One's hospitality reverses into the pits

Revenues of Formula One's corporate hospitality provider, Beta Holdings, crashed by 18 per cent last year as blue-chip sponsors cut their spending during the recession.

F1 legend Sir Jackie Stewart denies supercar crash claim

Racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart today denied he was behind the wheel during a supercar test drive crash which left a repair bill of more than £300,000.

Pandora: Fred the Shred jets back into limelight

Sir, the champagne! Motor racing enthusiasts were treated to the sight of a distantly familiar face aboard yesterday morning's Gulf Air flight to Bahrain, departing just in time for the start of the 2010 Grand Prix season.

Chandhok handed F1 drive with Hispania

Karun Chandhok will this season become the second Indian driver to compete in Formula One.

Soucek steps up for Virgin drive

Virgin Racing have signed Formula Two champion Andy Soucek as their test and reserve driver ahead of their debut F1 season.

Pandora: Will Sexy Sadie make a fool of everyone?

Stand by for scandal. Sadie Frost, the fashion designer and ringleader of London's notorious "Primrose Hill Set", is soon to pen her tell-all memoirs. Those involved with the project are promising "an amazing story" with "all the gossip" about Frost's two marriages (the actress married Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp when she was 16 and then Jude Law, with whom she has three children) as well as her close friendship with the notoriously secretive Kate Moss.

From Monza to Bonza: Highlights and lowlights of a remarkable Formula One season

The 2009 Formula One season has been one to remember. Here we take a look back at the good, the bad and the ugly.

Bridgestone end ties with Formula One

Bridgestone Motorsport have announced they are pulling out of Formula One at the end of next season.

Sir Jackie Stewart: Unstoppable Scot puts his foot down

The Brian Viner Interview: Votes are cast for the new FIA president today and Britain's most successful motor-racing driver is disgusted that the men currently in power – after presiding over an era of scandal – are trying to further the cause of their preferred successor. Even at 70, his beloved sport's tribulations still get him all revved up

I was trying to save my team, says Briatore

Former Renault principal says that it was 'his duty' to resign over crash incident

Frank Gardner: Racing driver who turned down Formula One but won championships in other disciplines

Frank Gardner might not have been as well known outside his sport as his contemporaries Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart and Jochen Rindt, but that was exactly how he preferred it. In a career that spanned a quarter of a century and embraced championships in Formula 5000 (1971) and British saloon cars (1967, '68) and success in international sportscar racing, he established a reputation as a redoubtable professional and car sorter par excellence (the car sorter sets up the car so it operates at maximum effectiveness). With his white flannel hat and devastatingly dry sense of humour he came across as precisely what he was: a quick racer driver who had seen enough of life to get his head around it and understand just where he fitted in.

Sporting dynasties: Keeping it in the family

Nelson Piquet Jr has been dropped by Renault after a disappointing time in Formula One. The Brazilian was unable to match the feats of his father, who won the drivers world championship on three occasions.

James Lawton: Grim return to forgotten edge of fear

Felipe Massa's cruelly random injury at qualifying in Hungary – along with the recent death of John Surtees' son – have turned back the clock with almost casual brutality.

Andy McSmith: Bernie Ecclestone and Hitler

It has taken Bernie Ecclestone two days to apologise for remarks he made praising Hitler as a man who could "get things done." That is probably quick by his standards. It probably was a struggle for him to sya the word 'sprry' at all, because this is a man accustomed to getting his way.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

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The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee