The latest 'Formula One' racing cars were unveiled in France on Monday (29 November) as a series of disputes threatens next year's world championship.
The latest 'Formula One' racing cars were unveiled in France on Monday (29 November) as a series of disputes threatens next year's world championship. The rows have been brewing between the Formula One Constructors' Association and the sport's ruling body, the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) - mainly over the way profits are shared.
SYNOPSIS: But the arguments were forgotten on Monday, temporarily at least, as the new cars were displayed at the Le Castellet circuit. The Ferrari company's latest model was driven by Carlos Reutemann of Argentina. He's recently joined the team as its second driver to former world champion Nikki Lauda. Reutemann is one of the drivers who have been affected by the decision to postpone the first race in next year's series in Argentina.
Canada's first ever Formula One car was also displayed. It was driven by the former Elf Tyrell driver, Jody Scheckter. of South Africa and financed by the Canadian oil millionaire Walter Wold. A feature is the car's extremely light body.
The latest in the Brabham line, named after Australian ex world champion driver Jack Brabham. The cars are renowned for their Italian Alfa engines, but they have had little success so far. The Braham was test driven on this occasion by Carlos Pace. He and the other drivers are affected by the dispute over the series which has led to most of the 15 competing countries pledging their allegiances to either one of the racing authorities. As a result, if the current trend continues, no driver will be able to win the world championship, because the winner must have competed in 12 recognised races.
The former Brazilian world champion, Emmerson Fittipaldi drove his country's entry, the Copersucar. This car has had numerous teething problems and Emmerson and his brother Wilson have been working hard to ensure more success this year. Other companies have still to show their latest cars, but John Player Lotus and the French Renault company are planning to enter a new car in the series. But whether it will even take place depends on the constructor's association and the FIA working out a satisfactory solution to their problems.