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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.

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'WELCOME to the party,' said Roland Bruynserade, throwing his arms around Nigel Mansell in the Williams pit here on Friday morning. Bruynserade, Formula One's official starter, seemed to be giving the green light to Mansell's return after 23 months in exile. But words of welcome were thereafter in short supply.

Today's number: 535

The number of IndyCar and Formula One championship races Mario Andretti will have competed in by the time he retires after this weekend's Indy event at Monterey, California. He was the world champion in 1978, and won the Indy title four times.

Motor Racing: Robertson determined to graduate: The Indy Lights series may prove a fast track to the elite for a British Rookie of the Year

WHILE Nigel Mansell's IndyCar days may be numbered, another Briton is poised to follow in his footsteps. Steve Robertson, from Chigwell in Essex, is leading the PPG Firestone Indy Lights series, the official development competition through which the likes of the Penske driver Paul Tracy have graduated to IndyCars.

Motor Racing: Mansell approaches crossroads: Briton's role in French Grand Prix provokes transfer talk

NIGEL MANSELL returns to his day job this week, resuming the pursuit of a seemingly lost cause in IndyCars, and leaving Formula One's four biggest teams to ponder whether they should compete for his services next year.

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Tom French, designer and inventor: born Leamington Spa, Warwickshire 7 December 1923; staff, Technical Division, Dunlop 1946-83; OBE 1983; married 1946 Marie Langlais (four sons, one daughter); died Sutton Coldfield 26 May 1994.
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