Sir Jackie Stewart is at home, resting and expected to make a full recovery after being taken ill on a flight and transferred to hospital yesterday (Wednesday), his private secretary has told Crash.net.

The three-time F1 World Champion was returning to London from the Geneva Motor Show when he reportedly passed out on-board the British Airways 'plane on which he was travelling, requiring first aid from BA stewardesses. There are further reports that the Scot had complained of chest pains [see separate story - click here].

Following an emergency landing at Heathrow's Terminal 5 just before lunchtime, Stewart was taken to Hillingdon Hospital in west London for what have been described as 'precautionary medical checks'. His private secretary Oliver Anderson has today told Crash.net that the 71-year-old is now back at home following the scare and 'expected to make a full recovery'.

That prognosis has been corroborated by Williams F1 star Rubens Barrichello, a close friend of the 1969, 1971 and 1973 title-winner and a driver who competed for his eponymous Stewart Grand Prix outfit between 1997 and 1999.

"To my friends that got worried with Sir Jackie Stewart, I can say that he is fine," the Brazilian wrote on his Twitter page. "He had a full check-up and he feels good now."

All of us here at Crash.net wish Sir Jackie a full and speedy recovery.

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