The 1977 Formula One Grand Prix series - and the start of the season with Sunday's (9 January) race in Buenos Aires; the Argentine Grand Prix.
GV Grand Prix cars and drivers in pits in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
SV AND CU James Hunt of Britain in pits. (2 shots)
SV ZOOM TO CU Niki Lauda of Austria.
CU Jody Scheckter of South Africa signing autograph.
CU ZOOM OUT TO GV Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil talking to pit crew.
SV Hunt (Car I) preparing for practice.
SV PAN Lauda around circuit in Ferrari. (Car II)
SV PAN John Watson in Brabham (Car 7) around circuit.
SV PAN Patrick Depailler in Tyrrell (Car 4) on circuit.
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SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: The 1977 Formula One Grand Prix series - and the start of the season with Sunday's (9 January) race in Buenos Aires; the Argentine Grand Prix. Altogether 22 cars were entered for the race, which had been in doubt for some time because of a dispute over its organising.
SYNOPSIS: Among the leading drivers in Buenos Aires was the defending champion, James Hunt. He is driving the McLaren in which he won the title from Niki Lauda of Austria last season. Lauda is again driving a Ferrari.
South Africa's Jody Scheckter has switched from a six-wheeled Tyrrell to drive a Canadian Wolf, while Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil is again driving his own Copersucar.
On Thursday (6 January) the drivers had their first look at the San Martin Autodrome for an unofficial practice session. Lauda - badly injured last season - set a lap time of one minute 51.14 seconds for the 3.6 mile (6 kilometre) circuit, slightly faster than Hunt. John Watson in a Brabham set second fastest time at one-fifty point 49, while the fastest time in the session came from Patrick Depailler in his Tyrrell with a lap time of one minute 49.62 seconds.