Grand Prix racing...and the Marlboro McLaren team on Tuesday (17 October) announced its key ingredients?
Grand Prix racing...and the Marlboro McLaren team on Tuesday (17 October) announced its key ingredients for the 1979 season: a new M28 Formula One car, and new leading driver John Watson. An Ulsterman, Watson finished sixth in the 1978 Formula One world championship.
SYNOPSIS: Designed by Gordon Coppuck, the M28 has a honeycomb structure chassis, and reputedly some of the most advanced engineering ever seen a grand Prix car. Its test programme before next season will include aerodynamic tests in the United States. Watson spoke to Christopher Morris of the BBC.
The new car contains many of the aerodynamic features of Lotus, which had a brilliantly-successful year in 1978, including a world driving championship for Mario Andretti. The down-force that Watson spoke a comes from Creating a low-pressure area under the car, which Lotus had done, and shown it was better then relying mainly on aerofoils for the down-force, After its wind tunnel tests in the United States, the McLaren will have circuit sessions at Watkins Gren, New York, and in France.