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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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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