Some of the world's top racing drivers are in Nurburgring, West Germany getting themselves and their cars ready for the West German Formula One Grand.
GV Racers with their cars in line
CU Clay Reggazoni
CU Carlos Pace
CU Carlos Reutemann
SCU Emerson Fittipaldi puts on mask
SCU Lella Lombardi
SV PAN mechanic works on No. 7 with Reutemann inside
SV PAN mechanic works on number 3 with Scheckter inside
SV Car No.2 with Mass inside
GV PAN care leave for practice run
GV Cars doing lap (3 shots)
SV PAN car No.24 leaves pin PAN TO No.4 car
GV Cars race along track (6 shots)
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Background: Some of the world's top racing drivers are in Nurburgring, West Germany getting themselves and their cars ready for the West German Formula One Grand. Prix on Sunday (3 August).
Twenty-five drivers are scheduled to compete and they will all be driving cars powered by either Ford or Ferrari engines. Both of the Surtees team cars were severely damaged in the multiple accident which brought the British Grand Prix to a confusing end two week ago, and won't be competing.
At that time, wet weather made the track hazardous and following a five car pileup, officials stopped the race and awarded it to Brazil's Emerson Fittipaldi who had finished 57 of the 67 laps. But some of the drivers who were involved in the collision where also awarded finishing places and this prompted a protest by a number of drivers who were still on the track and felt they should have placed higher.
As a result of the British Grand Prix, Fittipaldi picked up nine points moving into second place behind Austria's Niki Lauda in the world championship points. Fittipaldi has 33 points; Lauda, 47.
Fittipaldi is paired with Jochen Mass of West Germany in the German Grand Prix and Lauda is paired with Switzerland's Clay Regazzoni. The Fittipaldi-Mass team drive McLarens and the Regazzoni-Lauda team drive Ferraris.
Brazil's Carlos pace is teamed with South Africa's Jody Scheckter, They were awarded second and third place in the British Grand Prix after both of them were involved in the final collision.
SYNOPSIS: Preparations are under way for Sunday's West German Grand Prix at Nurburgring.
Clay Reggazoni of Switzerland is among the 25 drivers.
All the Formula-One cars will be powered by Ferrari or Ford engines. The two Surtees were put out of action in the British Grand Prix.
Brazil's Emerson Fittipaldi will be hoping to repeat his first place finish in the British race two weeks ago.
But among others he'll have to beat Italy's Lella Lombardi...the first woman to race in Formula One competition...to do it.
The British Grand Prix left some raw nerves and short tempers. It was stopped early when rain on the track caused a five-car collision. Fittipaldi avoided the pile-up and was ten laps from finishing when he was awarded first place. But some of those in the collision were given finishing places too
That draw angry protests from racer further back...including Austria's Niki Lauda....that they should have been placed closer to the front.
Lauda leads in world championship tables with 47 points...but the Fittipaldi victory in Britain put him in second place with 33 points. Fittipaldi is paired with West Germany's Joohen Mass...in McLarens...and Lauda is with Italy's Reggazoni driving Ferraris.
This week they are just taking their practice rounds and working out the wrinkles in their expensive machines...worth as much as eighty thousand pounds.
On Sunday they'll be trying to convert their teams' investment into a solid racing performance and a hoped for first place finish. And it's hoped it won't be marred by any of the confusion that surrounded the Grand Prix in Britain. The Royal Auto Club has asked that the rule governing races which are ended prematurely be clarified but it's unlikely there will be a decision in time for the Grand Prix in Nurburgring on Sunday.