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Herbert breaks legs in horror smash

What happened on this day in Formula One history
Jonny Herbert recovered from his injuries to finish fourth in the 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix © Getty Images

Future F1 driver Johnny Herbert's career was thrown in doubt after he was caught up in a huge accident at Brands Hatch in an F3000 race. Herbert's legs took the brunt of the impact and he was lucky not to lose one of his feet. He astonished doctors with his determination to recover and despite still struggling to walk properly, he finished a heroic fourth on his F1 debut for Benetton in Brazil in 1989.

Bernie Ecclestone continued his expansion of his Formula One Empire as Istanbul played host to the first ever Turkish Grand Prix. The new circuit proved an instant hit and Kimi Raikkonen went on to take victory from Fernando Alonso and Juan Pablo Montoya. McLaren had looked set for a certain 1-2 but Montoya ran wide on the final lap and let Alonso through after damaging his undertray a lap earlier.

BMW Sauber ended months of speculation by confirming Nick Heidfeld would remain alongside Robert Kubica at the team for 2008. "Both Nick and Robert have delivered very strong performances in the course of this season. They have played a decisive role in enabling the BMW Sauber F1 Team to firmly establish itself as the third best team in Formula One," said BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen.

A biography of Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone was pulled from publication after legal wrangles and allegations against the author by Ecclestone, according to a report in London's Times newspaper. Among several claims made in the book, is that the donation of one million pounds to the British Labour Party before the last election was an attempt to ensure Formula One was exempted from the banning of tobacco advertising, a claim which Ecclestone denies: "I gave the money because I was asked to by a third party," said Ecclestone. "I've always been Tory, though I actually think now that all Blair has been as prime minister is watered-down old Conservatism."