INTRODUCTION: Entrants in Sunday's (January 9) Argentina Grand Prix had their first practice session on Thursday (January 6 ).
MV PAN Right to Left, white shirt and moustache, Clay Regazzoni, Jochen Mass in blue shirt, official in suit, James Hunt, McLaren Team Manager Alistair Coldwell.
CU Niki Lauda answers question about face operation.
CU Regazzoni presiding over news conference.
MV PULL BACK TO GV Formula One cars being brought off truck.
CU Name "Ian Scheckter" PULL BACK TO GV March car.
GV Track PULL BACK TO Car on sling taken off truck.
MV PAN No. 20 Wolf racing car.
MV Mechanics working on Ferrari.
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "Do you have any effects of your last accident?"
SEQ. 3: LAUDA: "No, I had one more operation after the end of the season and now I'm like normal".
Initials VS 20.30
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Entrants in Sunday's (January 9) Argentina Grand Prix had their first practice session on Thursday (January 6 ). The race, the first of the season, nearly didn't come about after a financial dispute over appearance fees. Last years Argentinean event was cancelled for the same reason.
SYNOPSIS: On Tuesday (4 January) there was a drivers news conference in Buenos Aires president over by clay Regazzoni, in causal clothes, who's changed teams from Ferrari to Tissot. Jochen Mass will be driving a McLaren, as team-mate to James Hunt, the current Champion. Runner up in the 1976 championships, Niki Lauda, was asked about his health following his serious injuries in last years West German Grand Prix.
Clay Regazzoni used to be Lauda's Ferrari team-mate.
Now he'll be driving an Ensign 177 for Tissot. Replacing Regazzoni is Argentina's Carlos Reutemann.
Ian Scheckter, South African Jody Scheckter's younger brother, will be driving a March in his first race in Formula One competition. Another Scheckter first, this time for Jody, will be the machine he's driving. It's a car brand new to Formula One competition - the carbon-fibre-bodied Wolf-ford, entered by the Canadian millionaire Walter Wolf. Its performance will be keenly watched to see if it can match the race-proven McLarens and the Ferraris in the gruelling two-hundred-mile (320 km) race.