Brazilian racing driver Emerson Fittipaldi's win in the British Grand Prix on Saturday (July 15) -- when he beat, among others, World Champion Jackie Stewart -- gave him a commanding lead in the current season's battle for the title.
GTVS and SCU start of race. (3 shots) (NATSOF)
GV Race in progress (2 shots) (NATSOF)
LV Car 23, driven by de Adamich, surrounded by rescuers after tunning off track (NATSOF)
NV Pescarolo's Politoys - Ford blazing in middle of track surrounded by rescuers fighting blaze -- rest of field flashing past (2 shots) (NATSOF)
GV Car No. 8, Emerson Fittipaldi, round track. (NARRATION OVER NATSOF). (2 shots)
LV Graham Hill's car off track in cloud of dust. (NARRATION OVER NATSOF)
LV Emerson Fittipaldi round track to take chequered flag (2 shots) (NARRATION OVER NATSOF)
CARS AWAY AT START OF BRITISH GRAND PRIX: DE ADAMICH SURTEES-FORD SURROUNDED BY SMOKE AND RESCUERS AFTER LEAVING TRACK: PESCAROLO'S POLITOYS-FORD BLAZING IN MIDDLE OF TRACK, SURROUNDED BY OFFICIALS SPRAYING WITH FOAM, WITH REST OF FIELD FLASHING PAST ON BOTH SIDES: GRAHAM HILL OFF TRACK IN CLOUD OF DUST: EMERSON FITTIPALDI ROUND TRACK AND TAKING WINNING FLAG.
In the British Grand Prix on Saturday, Belgian driver Jackie Ickx took an immediate lead in his Ferrari and hold it for the first forty five laps -- despite mechanical troubles from the fifth lap, which sprayed following drivers with oil. The trouble eventually forced him to retire, however, giving the lead to Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi in a Lotus, and World Champion Jackie Stewart of Britain in a Tyrroll-Ford. They'd been alternating in second and third places.
Among drivers who got into trouble during the two-hundred-mile race was Italian Andrea de Adamich, who ran out of track in his Surtees-Ford. But he was pulled out unhurt.
The most dramatic and dangerous incident of the day happened when Frenchman Henri Pescarolo's Politoys-Ford burst into flames in the middle of the track. Officials fought the blaze with the rest of the field flashing past, but Pescarolo was rescued unharmed.
Twenty-five-year-old Emerson Fittipaldi, leading the season's point table for the World Championship, had meanwhile taken the lead ahead of Jackie Stewart -- and he stayed there for the final twenty-five laps.
Among drivers to leave the track were Graham Hill of Britain, Sweden's Ronnie Peterson, and Frenchman Francois Cevert. All left the track at the same point -- Druid's Bend -- but were unhurt, as Emerson Fittipaldi raced towards the chequered flag. Stewart was second -- less than four seconds behind, and third was Peter Revson of the United States in a McLaren. Fittipaldi's win put him at forty-three points for the Championship -- sixteen ahead of the next man, Stewart.
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Background: Brazilian racing driver Emerson Fittipaldi's win in the British Grand Prix on Saturday (July 15) -- when he beat, among others, World Champion Jackie Stewart -- gave him a commanding lead in the current season's battle for the title. He and Stewart struggled for the lead for the last 25 laps of the 200-mile (320 Kilometre) race, and Emerson's eventual win was achieved with the tactical help of his brother Wilson, also driving in the race. With six world championship races remaining, Fittipaldi's 43 points to Stewart's 27 put him strongly in position to becomes the first South American to win the title since Argentinean Juan Fangio captured the last of his five championships in 1957.
The 25-year-old Brazilian kept his Lotus ahead of the World Champion ??? to take the chequered flag in one hour, 47 minutes, 50.2 seconds, but Steward's Tyrrell-Ford was less than four seconds behind him across the line. Belgian driver Jackie Ickx led for the first 45 laps, but had to withdraw with mechanical troubles.
Among drivers who left the track during the race were Ronnie Paterson of Sweden, Britain's Graham Hill and Frenchman Francois Covert -- but all were unhurt. They wont off at the came spot. Another driver, Henri Poscarolo of France, was pulled unhurt from his blazing Politoys-Ford in the middle of the track while the rest of the field flashed past him on both sides. Andrea de Adamich of Italy, driving a Surtees-Ford, also crashed, but was unhurt.