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Brabham was first motorsport driver to be knighted

Sir Jack in a Brabham Cosworth at Silverstone in 1967. Credit: PA

Sir Jack won his first two crowns in the Cooper Climax, but with his third became the only driver in history to win a World Championship in a car he himself had manufactured - the Brabham BT19.

The first driver to be knighted for services to motorsport, Brabham was a skilled and innovative engineer as well as driver.

He was responsible, with compatriot Ron Tauranac, for more than 500 Brabham racing cars being built at the team's Surrey base in the 1960s.

The Brabham name continued in F1 for 30 years.

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F1 champion Sir Jack Brabham dies aged 88

Formula One champion Jack Brabham, who won the title three times - including in a car he built himself, has died aged 88.

Sir Jack Brabham, pictured here in 1966, died after a long illness, his family said. Credit: Barnaby's

The Australian driver died at his home on Australia's Gold Coast after a long battle with liver disease, his son said.

Sir Jack won the championship in 1959, 1960 and 1966, and was knighted for his achievements in 1979.

Brabham pictured in his Cooper Climax in 1960. Credit: Empics

Ex-Ferrari engineer Nigel Stepney killed in road accident

Nigel Stepney pictured in 2001. Credit: PA

A former Ferrari engineer who was sacked by the Formula One team after being accused of sabotage and leaking confidential data has been killed in a road accident, his family said tonight.

Ex-Ferrari technician Nigel Stepney was killed on the M20 near Ashford in Kent when he was struck by a lorry this morning. He was praised tonight by his family as "a wonderful partner and a hands-on dad".

The 56-year-old father found himself at the centre of a Formula One "spygate" scandal after being accused of sabotage and leaking confidential data to McLaren in 2007, and was sacked by the F1 team.

Lewis Hamilton wins third Grand Prix in a row

British Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has won his third consecutive Grand Prix by clinching first place in China.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won his third consecutive Grand Prix
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won his third consecutive Grand Prix Credit: James Moy/James Moy Photography/Press Association Images

The victory follows wins in the season's second and third races held in Malaysia and Bahrain.

Hamilton is chasing a second F1 championship after claiming the title in 2008.

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Ecclestone expects Formula 1 engine rule change

Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone has said he expects to get an agreement to change the sport's "unacceptable" engine rules.

The muted sound of the new 1.6 liter V6 turbo hybrid engines has also attracted criticism.

Formula One motor sport boss Bernie Ecclestone

The sport's new fuel limits restrict usage to 100 kilograms per car per race, with the flow never exceeding more than 100 kilograms per hour.

"They can do something about the noise, and they need another 10 kilos of fuel or something," Ecclestone said Sunday ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix. "Everybody will agree to that."

Read more: Ecclestone vows to address worries over F1 noise

Family 'confident' over progress made by Schumacher

In a statement, Michael Schumacher's agent Sabine Kehm has said she and the seven-time Formula One world champion's family were remaining confident over his progress.

Michael is making progress on his way. He shows moments of consciousness and awakening. We are on his side during his long and difficult fight, together with the team of the hospital in Grenoble, and we keep remaining confident.

We would like to thank you all for the continuous sympathies. At the same time we again ask for understanding that we do not intend to disclose details. This is necessary to protect the privacy of Michael and his family, and to enable the medical team to work in full calmness.

– Michael Schumacher's agent Sabine Kehm
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