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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.

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Anorak with a cutting edge

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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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