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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.

Motor Racing: Honours for The Professor

David Tremayne studies the positive effect Alain Prost has had as an owner

Ailing Concorde will have to keep flying for another 20 years

Concorde, the world's only supersonic passenger jet, is likely to remain in service for another 20 years, despite a number of high profile incidents in the last few months.

Motor Racing: Fastest of learners

Andrew Baker talks to Scotland's latest racing certainty, Dario Franchitti

Tyrrell spurred on by old boy network of F1

Derick Allsop meets a man relishing the start of the grand prix season

The old kings of the road return

Maestros Stewart and Mansell spin back the clock as Formula One shows it is still in the grip of the money monster; David Tremayne assesses the market forces driving a pair of legendary comebacks

Barrichello to join Stewart

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Hill keeps mind on main point

The planes of Damon Hill's face remained set like a poker player's yesterday, betraying none of the inner tension that he will undoubtedly be feeling as he prepares for the final push to the top of a mountain twice conquered by his father, Graham.

Stewart signs Dane for new F1 team

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Anorak with a cutting edge

Close-up: Independents' day beckons as a new player gears up for a place in television's major league. Andrew Baker reports

Hill faces point of no return

Race for the title: Beleaguered Briton must find the hero inside to claim the crown he has earned, says Jackie Stewart; David Tremayne hears of the pressure on both drivers down the final straight

Motor racing: Stewart puts Hill in the frame

Jackie Stewart put in place an important part of his new grand prix venture yesterday when he announced a five-year sponsorship deal worth pounds 25m which could have a bearing on Damon Hill's future.

Stewart banks on experience

David Tremayne hears how a former champion is getting back on to the grid

Twenty-five years of dynamite behind the steering wheel

Few racing machines could be more different than the Tyrrell in which Jackie Stewart dominated the 1971 British GP at Silverstone (top) and Ken Tyrrell's cars that race there this weekend, such has been the pace of technological development in the last 25 years.

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Andrew Baker visits Silverstone to see the cornerstone of a racing family
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