Brazil's Emerson Fittipaldi, who leads the standings in the World Driving Championship, believes that victory in the West German Grand Prix on Sunday (July 30th) could give him the title.
GV Cars in pits
SCU Jacky Ickx signs autographs
SCU J. Surtees sign autograph
SCU D. Hulme in car
CU Ickx puts on helmet
CU Fittipaldi waves to camera
CU Photographers as Fittipaldi & car are wheeled out (2 shots)
SCU Cars leave for practice J. Stewart in Car No. 1 leads
CU & LV PAN Girl watches as Car 21 Carlos Pac??? (BRAZIL) drives past
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SV PAN Car 9 R???gazzoni (SWISS) past
BV Cars round corner & into straight
LV PAN Chris Amon (NZ) in Matra Simca past
CU Girl timekeeper watches as Ickx passes in Ferrari (2 shots)
SV Cars along straight
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Background: Brazil's Emerson Fittipaldi, who leads the standings in the World Driving Championship, believes that victory in the West German Grand Prix on Sunday (July 30th) could give him the title.
But yesterday (Friday) in practice, Fittipaldi was pushed into third place in a day of exceptionally fast driving. Fastest of all was Belgian Jacky Ickx, who clipped a full 10 seconds off the official lap record at Nuerburgring -- a time set last year by Francois Cevert of France.
Cevert, driving a Tyrrell-Ford, returned the second fastest time yesterday. But towards the end of practice, his car veered off the track and crashed. Unhurt but stunned, Cevert feared he would have to use a reserve car in Sunday's race.
Fittipaldi's time over the 22.8 kilometre (13.8 mile) course was 7 mins 14.9 secs -- 4.9 seconds slower than Jacky Ickx.