Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi today (May 12) beat the official lap record - set last year by World Champion Jackie Stewart of Scotland - on a practice run for Sunday's 30th Monaco Grand Prix.
Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi today (May 12) beat the official lap record - set last year by World Champion Jackie Stewart of Scotland - on a practice run for Sunday's 30th Monaco Grand Prix. The day before, when this film was shot, he and other drivers' came close to breaking the record.
Fittipaldi - joint leader in the World Drives' Championship - drove his black and gold John Player Special round the twisting 3.145 kilometre (1.95 miles) Monaco course in one minute 21.4 seconds at an average speed of 139.090 kph (86.1 mph).
This was eight-tenths of a second faster than the official lap record.
Friday was the second of three days of practice round a course modified in ways expected to improve this year's lap speeds. A time of 1 minute 20 seconds is expected on Sunday (May 14).
On Thursday (May 11) - the first practice day - Jacky Ickx put up the fastest time - one minute 23.3 seconds. Joint-World Championship leader Dennis Hulme returned one minute 23.5 seconds, in the Yardley-McLaren, and Jackie Stewart, last hear's winner, made one minute 23.7 seconds.
The Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday (May 14) is the fourth race in the 1972 World Championship series.
SYNOPSIS: The world's top racing drives are in Monaco this week, preparing themselves and their cars for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.
Emerson Fittipaldi, from Brazil, joint leader with Denny Hulme in this year's World Drivers' Championship, is strongly favoured to win on Sunday.......
His team-mate, Australian Dave Walker, in the other Players Special; and veteran Graham Hill in a Brabham Cosworth, wee among those out Thursday on the first day of trials.........
Emerson Fittipaldi later boosted hopes of new record time on Sunday by beating the existing lap record - set last year by World Champion Jackie Stewart - in a practice run.
The Monaco Grand Prix - fourth race in the nineteen-seventy-two World Championship series - is over a twisting course of nearly tow miles in and out up and around Monaco's streets and houses. Drivers like Fittipaldi, Ickx, Regazzoni, Stewart, Hulme, Beltoise and Peterson will cover it at speeds averaging over eighty-five miles an hour......