• Short Summary

    The dispute which threatened to disrupt the coming season of Formula One Grand Prix motor racing has apparently been settled-- just in time to allow cars to be shipped for the first championship race, in argentina next month.

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    The dispute which threatened to disrupt the coming season of Formula One Grand Prix motor racing has apparently been settled-- just in time to allow cars to be shipped for the first championship race, in argentina next month.

    SYNOPSIS: It was fundamentally about money, and it involved three organisations: the International Sporting Commission, the governing body; the Formula One Constructors' Association, which represents the manufacturers of these vastly expensive machines; and a new company, World Championship Racing, set up to represent the organisers of the different events. The Constructors wanted to fix their appearance fees with the organisers directly, not with World Championship Racing.

    The President of the Commission, Monsieur Pierre Uguex -- on the left -- insisted at a meeting in Paris on December 16th on a minimum fee of 300,000 dollars (175,000 pounds sterling) per race. Both sides have now accepted this. If they had not the Championship could have been in danger, with each side claiming to control some races, but neither having the necessary twelve.

    World Championship Racing disputed the claim of Mr. Bernie Ecclestone, the Constructos' chairman, to have ten under contract.

    Many new cars will be seen on the circuits next season: Argentine Carlos Reutemann, number two to Nikki Lauda in a new Ferrari.... and South African Jody Scheckter moves from Tyrrells to drive Canada's first Formula One car, the Wolf-Ford.

    The Alfa-engined Martini-Brabham,tested by Carlos Pace. John watson of British will drive with him.

    And former world champion Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil in his own country's entry, the Copersucar.

    Renault are entering Formula One racing for the first time with their turbo-engined V-6. It is expected to make its debut part way through the season on one of the European circuits.

    The new six-wheeler March-Ford will also appear midway through the season -- driven by Jody Scheckter's elder brother, Ian. Until its tests are complete, Ian Scheckter will drive the 1976 March.

    Ronnie Peteson of Sweden will take over the six-wheeled Elf Tyrrell form Jody Scheckter. With him will be the French driver, Patrick Depailler.

    And world champion James Hunt of Britain will be defending his title in the new McLaren M26.

    When the cars line up in Buenos Aires on January 9th, it will be the first Grand Prix in Argentina for two years. Last year's had to be cancelled for financial reasons, and if the dispute between the constructors and World Championship Racing had not been settled, it was in danger of being postponed or even cancelled again. Fittipaldi won there two years ago.

    After Argentina come Brazil -- and the battle will be on: between the manufacturers, for their championship and all the prestige it brings; and between the world's top drives, to see whether James hunt, Emerson Fittipaldi or a new name will emerge as champion by the end of the season.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD79NE9N1YWSMI65X03NNCNKSA
    Media URN:
    VLVAD79NE9N1YWSMI65X03NNCNKSA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/12/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:10:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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