Former World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart has been rushed to hospital after taking ill on a London-bound flight from Switzerland.

Sir Jackie Stewart has been rushed to hospital It is understood he suffered chest pain in mid-air and passed out during the flight, which landed at Heathrow where he was met by paramedics and rushed to Hillingdon Hospital in west London.

“I’ve just spoken to him in hospital. He seemed absolutely fine but obviously something happened and we need to establish what,” his son Paul has told the BBC.

“I should think he’ll just be checked over and hopefully it will be nothing more sinister than that.”

A later update from Stewart’s office said the 71-year-old Scot should make “a full recovery”.

“I can confirm Sir Jackie is in Hillingdon Hospital, Uxbridge after a physical set back on flight back from Geneva to London Heathrow early this afternoon (flight no. BA0727),” the spokesperson said.

“He is fully conscious and having precautionary medical checks but we are expecting a full recovery.”

Stewart becomes the third F1 figure to experience a stint in Europe’s emergency health services, in the wake of Robert Kubica’s rally crash and Timo Glock’s appendectomy.

We at Richard’s F1 wish Stewart a speedy recovery.

[Original image via LAT]

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