Motor Racing...and this year's Monaco Grand Prix to be held in Monte Carlo on Sunday?
Motor Racing...and this year's Monaco Grand Prix to be held in Monte Carlo on Sunday (7 May) is the fifth in the season's series to count towards the World Drivers Championship. During the first practice session on Thursday (4 May) joint leader of the Championship table Carlos Reutemann of Argentina put up the fastest time, driving his Ferrari around the twisting "round-the-houses" circuit in one minute 28.34 seconds.
SYNOPSIS: Once a year Monte Carlo changes character completely as the motor racing circus hits town. It is perhaps the most nostalgic of all venues-- with a history going back to 1929 -- when the British driver "Williams" won the first Monaco Grand Prix.
Last year's winner Jody Scheckter of South Africa. During Thursday's practice he was ninth fastest in his brand new Wolf Ford.
Reigning World champion Niki Lauda -- he was only half a second slower than Reutemann.
Here's Sweden's Ronnie Petersen -- who recorded seventh best time before crashing his Lotus at the end of the session.
Renault have fielded tow new cars for this year's race -- but the other joint Championship leader, Mario Andretti of the United States, is sticking to his well-tried Lotus.
Canadian Gilles Villeneuve was fourth fastest, also in a Ferrari.
And Here's Reutemann just before practice started. He is definitely the man in form at the moment and follows the long tradition of Argentinian drivers to hit the high spots of Grand prix racing -- with the legendary Juan Manual Fangio perhaps the best known of them all.
And to give some idea of what the drivers will be facing on Sunday the Visnews camera team took a trip around the Monte Carlo circuit on Friday.
After the start the cars go into a sharp elbow bend and then after a short straight sweep past the Monte Carlo casino. Another couple tricky bends and then its into the tunnel and out again into blazing sunlight alongside the waterfront. There's a chicane and more tight corners before the lap is completed.
More practice sessions precede the race. On the day it could be anyone past the chequered flag. Monte Carlo is notoriously hard on both cars and drivers alike.