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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.

Brands Hatch bid for Silverstone hits skids

MEMBERS of the British Racing Drivers' Club have hardened their resolve to thwart Brands Hatch Leisure's attempts to buy Silverstone, the motor racing track which they own.

Motor racing: Interview - Dario Franchitti: Super Dario driven by the twin forces of ancestry

Andrew Longmore in Long Beach sees a Scot with Latin fire pursue his dream of speed's golden age

Motor racing: Prost stresses positives

WHEN THE most experienced Formula One driver of all time admits to "feeling more nervous than ever" approaching a new season, you have a measure of the weight heaped on his slender shoulders.

Books for Christmas: Motor racing - McLaren's effort misfires as Ferrari produce a winner

IT WAS a Formula One season dominated by McLaren and Ferrari, and appropriately they are competing in the Christmas books market. The British team may have had the edge on tarmac, but on paper they lose out to the Italians.

Motoring: It's time to put the colour back into Formula One

Why proper national colours on Grand Prix racing cars will be back in a few years

Race for Silverstone is on as another bid is made for our sporting heritage

THE HEROES of British motor racing, including such names as Stirling Moss, Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill, will today be asked to put their weight behind the sale of Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix. In return, each stands to receive pounds 50,000.

Motor racing: Three decades of Formula One world champions

1998: Mika Hakkinen (Fin, McLaren- Mercedes)

Letter: F1 needs level playing field

Sir: Has anyone ever suggested Formula One drivers should have the same make of car to ensure the best driver becomes world champion rather than so much depending on the quality of his vehicle?

Motor racing: Herbert signs on for Stewart

By Derick Allsop

Motoring: The world's most expensive graffiti

Today's F1 cars are rendered crass and cluttered by the tasteless ignorance of the colour-scheme clowns

Motor Racing: Straight ahead for Stewart

Racing's first family ignore second-year blues on return to their favourite haunt. David Tremayne reports

Motor racing: Honeymoon over as Stewart enters delivery business

Just one podium finish exceeded Jackie Stewart's expectations in his debut season as a Formula One team owner. Yesterday he rolled out the new Stewart-Ford knowing that a one-off result will not be enough this time.

Motor racing: Stewart announces new sponsors - but does not rule out tobacco in future

Jackie Stewart put somebody else's money where his mouth is yesterday when he announced deals with two new sponsors for his Formula One team.

Smoking Row: Clay pigeon shooting dreams in ruins

After 70 years in existence, the British Clay Pigeon Shooting Association last year clinched its first sponsorship deal ... with Imperial Tobacco. Ian Burrell hears that next July's Embassy World Clay Pigeon Shooting Championship is a sitting duck for new legislation on tobacco sponsorship.

Motoring: Motor racing's rapid rewind

Some of history's greatest race cars are gathering in Goodwood for a quick trip back in time, writes Gavin Green
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