Scotsman Jackie Stewart set the pace for the international field of racing drives in practice for Sunday's Monaco Formula One Grand Prix.
Scotsman Jackie Stewart set the pace for the international field of racing drives in practice for Sunday's Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. Stewart in his Tyrell Ford led the field with an average speed of 133 kms an hour (83 mph) at the end of the first practice yesterday (Thursday 31 May), and went on to fractionally increase his lead today.
Stewart's time was just over four seconds slower than the official lap record he holds jointly with the late Jochen Rindt. But this year a new round-the-house circuit has been introduced at Monaco -- with a new section twisting round the quayside swimming pool making it 133 metres longer than the old circuit.
By the end of the second day of practice, Ronnie Peterson of Sweden had set the second best time in the faster of the two Lotuses. Then came Denis Hulme (New Zealand) in his Yardley McLaren and World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi in the second of the Lotuses.
SYNOPSIS: This is the week when everything in Monaco, the tiny Mediterranean principality, is dominated by the racing fraternity. On Thursday, the world's top drivers were preparing their Formula One cars for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.
Denis Hulme of New Zealand - destined for the third fastest practice time.
Nikki Lauda of Austria -- sixth fastest in his Marlboro BRM.
Chris Amon, another New Zealander.
Francois Cevert of France -- who returned the fifth fastest time.
And the man who dominated the two days of practice, Scotsman Jackie Stewart.
Another former World Champion from Britain, Graham Hill pulled out onto the track for the first practice run round the new circuit at Monaco -- where the course this year has been slightly lengthened and a new hazard introduced.
Jackie Steward at once showed his mastery of the track -- he jointly holds the record for the old circuit with the late Jochen Rindt of Austria.
Though pressed by drives of the calibr??? of Jackie Oliver -- practising here -- Stewart returned the fastest time on both days of practice. His final average speed for the difficult circuit round the houses was over eighty-three miles an hour. Though his best speed was slower than the existing lap record, the modification to the course this year includes a new section twisting round the quayside swimming pool -- and that makes the circuit over a hundred and thirty metres longer.
The second fastest practice time was returned by Sweden's Ronnie Peterson in a John Player Special Lotus. Reigning World Champion, Emerson Fittipaldi, in another Lotus, was frequently in difficulties with the double "S" bend of the new course section. But he returned the fourth best time. Denny Hulme of New Zealand was the third fastest man in his Yardley McLaren.