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Top Five of 2012: Feature Stories

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Alex Zanardi: Don’t Dream It’s Over: Part One

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As he prepares for his races in the Paralympics in September, it’s time to look at the man that is Alex Zanardi. And if you don’t laugh at some of his quotes, or be impressed by his positive outlook on life, you are not human.

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Rudolf Uhlenhaut: Supreme Engineer

Imagine if Adrian Newey made changes to his Red Bull Racing design, then strapped himself into the car to see if they worked, and tested it quicker than Sebastien Vettel. That’s what happened in the 1930s-50s at Mercedes-Benz.

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British Racing Blue: The Brief But Extraordinary History of Matra International

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It all began casually enough. Ken Tyrrell, whose eponymously named racing team would become a major force in 1970s Formula 1 competition, was in Paris attending the 1965 Trophees de France prize-giving ceremony. At some point during the evening he was introduced to Jean-Luc Lagardère CEO of the French aerospace company Matra which had recently begun building single-seat racing cars.

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Behind the scenes: Live on-board TV broadcasting

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We all want to be Formula One drivers, don’t we?  Sadly we can’t all be. So what’s the next best thing? Living it vicariously with live on-board TV footage!

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My life in F1 race programmes: 1979 Race of Champions

Imagine you are 12 years-old, and you spent the day in the pits at an F1 race getting autographs from racing legends. Let’s go back to 1979 and Brands Hatch.

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