Sir Jackie Stewart, 3 time F1 World Champion and winner of 27 Grand Prix, has been taken to hospital after falling ill whilst flying home to London from Geneva.

Stewart is a regular attendee of the Geneva Motorshow and has worked for many years as a global ambassador for brands such as Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Ford, Rolex and in his new role for Lotus-Renault via Genii Business Exchange.

The 71 year old, who rejoined Formula One in 1997 after winning the titles between 1969 and 1973, was complaining of chest pains whilst flying back from Geneva, and took medical support in the air before being collected at Heathrow airport and taken to hospital.

His son Paul Stewart has been quoted by BBC Sport saying: “He did pass out and as a precaution he was taken to hospital to be looked at. He seemed absolutely fine, but obviously something happened and we need to establish what, but I’m on my way to see him right now. “I should think he’ll just be checked over and hopefully it will be nothing more sinister than that.”

We wish Jackie a swift recovery and look forward to seeing him back in the F1 pit lane at Melbourne on 24th March.