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F1 legend taken ill on flight home
Sir Jackie Stewart is now recovering in hospital after complaining of chest pains
Posted Mar 02, 2011 by Shaun Edwards
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The former Formula 1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart has been taken to hospital after becoming ill on a flight home to London from Geneva. Stewart has a residence in Switzerland and was on his way home from the Geneva Motor Show when he was taken ill.
The Flying Scot ironically was mid-flight when he began complaining of chest pains and had to be given first aid by one of the air stewardesses. The flight landed at London Heathrow airport earlier today and paramedics were on standby ready to take Stewart to hospital.
Stewart is now recovering at Hillingdon Hospital and latest reports suggest that the F1 legend was taken to hospital simply as a precaution because he passed out on the flight. The triple world champion’s eldest son told BBC sport that his father seemed fine but obviously something has happened so we need to establish what.
Early indications expect Stewart to make a full recovery and sources close to Sir Jackie said that the 71 year old is fully conscious and simply having precautionary medical checks to ensure nothing more sinister has happened. Sir Jackie Stewart is famed for his performance on the track where he won 27 grand prix races and three F1 world titles during his career but he is also renowned for his campaign to improve safety standards in the sport.
His campaigning led to the introduction of full-face helmets and larger run-off area to protect other drivers. Stewart retired from the sport in 1973 but returned as the founder of the Stewart Grand Prix team in 1997 – the team faired a mixed bag of results picking up a few points and podium places between its inception and ultimate acquisition by Ford who renamed the team as Team Jaguar.
I’m sure I won’t be the only one to wish Sir Jackie a swift recovery.