LAS VEGAS, U.S.A
INTRODUCTION: International racing drivers have been practising for the race on Saturday (17 October) which will decide the Formula One Grand Prix Drivers' Championship.
LAS VEGAS, U.S.A
LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES (ALAIN BOISNARD, CHRISTIAN DE CORTANZE)
TVs Grand Prix circuits at Las Vegas
GV PAN Pits
SCU Jacques Laffite
CU Carlos Reutemann
SCU Alan Jones
SV ZOOM TO CU Gilles Villeneuve
SV Cameraman with large moustache
SV Cars led out of pits by No. 17 Eliseo Salazar
GV PAN & TV Cars on practice track (3 shots)
Background: LAS VEGAS, U.S.A
INTRODUCTION: International racing drivers have been practising for the race on Saturday (17 October) which will decide the Formula One Grand Prix Drivers' Championship. The last race of the season is being held for the first time in the American city of Las Vegas, on a newly constructed circuit.
SYNOPSIS: The track has been built by the owners of Caesar's Palace Casino which has hosted a number of major sporting events. The job was done at grand prix speed -- permission to build the track was only given on July 1st.
At the first the drivers were sceptical that a good circuit could be built in such a short time and Jacques Laffite, who is lying third in the championship, dismissed it as a "go kart track" without even seeing it. But he was there for the practice on Wednesday (14 October) and afterwards was less scornful.
Carlos Reutemann has been studying the track for a week before practising, but it was current world champion Alan Jones who set the fastest time in practice.
Canadian driver Gilles Villeneuve who is in seventh place in the championship first inspected the surface and was impressed with what had been achieved.
The big moment came as the cars moved out for the first time. The new track has been built mainly on the casino's car park but also spills out onto a neighbouring piece of desert. It is 3.65 kilometres (2.2 miles) long and has 14 turns. Alan Jones finished the course in 1 minute 19.488 seconds at a speed of just over 165 kilometres (102 miles) per hour. He described the course as like a goat track brought down from the mountains and flattened out. His team-mate Carlos Reutemann, who is first in the championships at present, had the second fastest time and described the track as fast but difficult to manage. All the drivers found the new course difficult and all predicted that the last race in the championship would be very tough.
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