Brazil's former world motor racing champion Emerson Fittipaldi has decided to stay with the team managed by his brother Wilson despite reports that he might switch before next season.
CU: Emerson Fittipaldi driving his Mercedes in Guaruta, Brazil
SV AND CU: Fittipaldi in swimming pool at his home with his children and wife Maria Helena (3 shots)
CU: Fittipaldi seated, speaking to reporter
CU: Fittipaldi continues to speak over shots of himself in Copersucar on track of Paul Richard circuit in Le Castellet, france (29 November 1975)
FITTIPALDI: "We are waiting to hear from Copersucar for renewing the contract. if they don't renew the contract with us we are going to try to get another sponsor in Brazil, and if we cannot find another sponsor in Brazil, then we will move the factory and all the team to England.
And we build the car in England, and we run the team from England. There has been a lot of speculation for me going to Ferrari or another team, but we decided to continue our project, and we got new people to run the team. We have Peter McIntosh, who has been for five years secretary of the Formula one Constructors Association. He will be the team manager. And as the designer, we have, we will have now Ralph Bellamy, who has been the designer of the latest Lotus 17, and has been a very successful car. The team plan now, the Copersucar Fittipaldi team plan, is to do a lot of modifications on the car, re-organise the team, change the team approach to motor racing. Actually we changed the team earlier many people, and try to start next season with a completely different situation as we finished it here. I hope 1978 will be a much better year for us."
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Background: Brazil's former world motor racing champion Emerson Fittipaldi has decided to stay with the team managed by his brother Wilson despite reports that he might switch before next season. But speaking in Brazil on Saturday (29 October) he did say that if his present sponsors Copersucar withdraw their backing, and no other Brazilian sponsors can be found, he will move the team to England.
SYNOPSIS: Fittipaldi now 30, has been world champion twice. The first time was in 1972 when with Lotus he became the youngest driver to take the title. Two years later he was champion again, in McLaren. A devoted family man, he and his wife Maria-Helena live in Switzerland during the racing season and in Sao Paulo the rest of the year. he switched to the Copersucar-backed team last year but results have been disappointing. A change of team had been rumoured, but as he explained at his Guaruja weekend home ??? Sao Paulo state he has decided against this.