Niki Lauda began two days of tests on the new six-wheel Ferrari in Italy on Sunday (13 March).
SV: mechanics rolling out wheels.
CU ZOOM OUT TO SV mechanics testing tyre pressure.
CU: Ferrari instrument panel ZOOM OUT TO mechanics working on car.
CU AND GV: Lauda seated in car. (2 shots)
SV: Lauda testing car and driving back into pits. (2 shots)
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: Niki Lauda began two days of tests on the new six-wheel Ferrari in Italy on Sunday (13 March).
SYNOPSIS: Ferrari brought out their new car for the first time at the weekend - and surprised the motor racing world by revealing four wheels at the rear of their car. Other six-wheeled cars already racing have four wheels at the front as part of the steering rig.
Now extensive tests are planned to prove the reliability and stability of the new car - the Ferrari 312 T2. It appears to be lower at the back and experts predict this will give it more stability and ability to hug the road.
The other advantages of the two additional wheels are more speed, stability and road adherence. In an interview earlier this week Niki Lauda said a model of the 312 T3 was now being built at the Ferrari plant, but he hadn't seen it. He added the T2 is constantly being modified, there have been several changes since the Brazilian Grand Prix. Lauda said his victory at the South African Grand Prix confirmed that he is in top physical and psychological shape and that the Ferrari car and team were back in good form.