Grand Prix racing...and the Marlboro McLaren team on Tuesday (17 October) announced its key ingredients?
SV INT New McLaren car at reception. (2 SHOTS)
CU Interior of car.
SV New drives being introduced PAN TO car.
SV British driver John Watson being interviewed by Christopher Morris BBC.
SV Mclaren Mechanics looking over car.
SV PAN New car going for test run around Silverstone track. (2 SHOTS)
WATSON: "Very good, and very excited about the whole idea of coming to McLaren's. This car is going to be a (INDISTINCT) car."
MORRIS: "You haven't had much time yet (INDISTINCT), but what seems to make it such an exciting possibility?"
WATSON: "Well, the design of the car follows the latest trend of using the whole of the car as a means of increasing road-holding power; using the bottom of the car as a mean of gaining down-force; it makes the car quicker around a corner, and therefore makes the car a faster car on the circuit. But also the fact that the car has been designed with the safety of the driver in mind, which is very, very important today; your racing drivers are a lot harder to replace than motor cars. So, if you can save a driver an accident, and injury, it also saves you having to look for another driver."
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: 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.