Scotsman, Jackie Stewart, winner of the first two races of this year's world drivers championship, slashed nearly four seconds from the lap record yesterday (Thursday) in practice for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.
Driver completing practice laps; drivers and cars in pits. (NATSOF).
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Background: Scotsman, Jackie Stewart, winner of the first two races of this year's world drivers championship, slashed nearly four seconds from the lap record yesterday (Thursday) in practice for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix. Stewart, driving a Matra-Ford, whipped around the twisting circuit in one minute 24.9 seconds -- an average speed of 83.35 MPH (133.36 KPH) -- almost four seconds better than the record set last year by British driver, Richard Attwood.
Attwood's best time today was almost six seconds slower than that of Stewart.
Other drivers taking part in the practice session included former world champions, Graham Hill and Jack Brabham, John Surtees, Bruce McLaren and Jean-Pierre Beltoise.
Meantime, the International Automobile Federation's Sport Commission has imposed a ban on car aerofoils in all motor racing events beginning with Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.
The ban follows mounting criticism of the aerofoils which were blamed for crashes in the recent Spanish Grand Prix.
Purpose of the aerofoils is to keep the cars sticking to the tracks at high speeds, but they are prone to break away from their fittings, or disintegrate.
However, the ban does not affect fins or defelcetors fitted on the front of cars, providing they do not protrude vertically above the bodywork or sideways beyond the inside wall of tyres.
The commission called on all drivers taking part in the Monaco Grand Prix to take all necessary measures for the immediate application of the decision.
The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most important events on the world motor racing calendar.
The call for immediate application of the decision on aerofoils burst like a bombshell on competitors and team managers yesterday. Firstly, it raised the question of whether yesterday's practice times would become invalid, and secondly the problem of removing the fitments from almost all the cars involved in Sunday's race.
The particular worrying drivers and constructors is the difference in the handling of the cars without the fitments. The Matra team engineer, Bruno Maurin, said the cars could not be driven safely without the wings. As the controversy continued among heightened tempers, it was established that yesterday's practice runs would not count towards Sunday's grid positions.
There will new be two Formula One practices on Saturday as well as this morning's (Friday) to give more time for teams to work on their cars following the decisions.