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The F1 test driver turned wild jaguar lifesaver

After getting very closely but ultimately failing to reach the highest level of single-seater motorsport, Mario Haberfeld returned to his home nation and made his other great passion his life's work - saving endangered wild jaguars

Not many racing drivers who have tested Formula 1 cars for McLaren, Jordan and Stewart have appeared in a documentary narrated by legendary broadcaster Sir David Attenborough. But Brazil's Mario Haberfeld was never an ordinary racer.

Delightful company out of the cockpit, but hard-as-nails inside it - and prone to his fair share of huge shunts - I've known Haberfeld since his British Formula Ford days of 1995. While he's still the amiable character he was then, his life is very different these days, but that steely determination remains.

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