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Stewart undergoes checks after health scare - updated 03 Mar 2011

Jackie Stewart (GBR).
Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Preparations, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, 4 November 2010 (L to R): F1 Legends Emerson Fittipaldi (BRA); Jackie Stewart (GBR); and Niki Lauda (AUT).
Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race Day, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 7 November 2010

Three-time world champion Jackie Stewart was hospitalised briefly on Wednesday after being taken ill on a flight from Geneva to London. Stewart underwent precautionary checks, but is expected to make a full recovery.

The 71-year-old Scot complained of chest pains during the journey and was met by paramedics at London’s Heathrow Airport before being taken to Hillingdon Hospital in Uxbridge. He was discharged on Wednesday evening and is now resting at home.

"He's fine," Stewart’s son Paul told the BBC. "All his vital organs are okay - it wasn't a heart attack or anything like that. He just needs some rest. It's nothing to be overly concerned about."

Stewart, world champion in 1969, 1971 and 1973, remains a familiar face in the paddock, despite having retired from Formula One competition at the end of ’73.