In the Italian Grand Prix, 24 Formula One racing cars lined up for the start in Monza on Sunday (September 9th).
CU Jackie Stewart PAN to car No. 5
CU Fittipaldi No.1 car.
SV ZOOM IN CU Hulme in car
GV PAN form No.23 (Hallwood) to other cars
LV Track PAN to crowd (2 shots)
LV Start of race.
SV PAN Cars around track.
LV No.5 Stewart around track.
SV Time keepers.
SV PAN Mike Hailwood No.23
SV Ronnie Peterson past checkered flag
GV Petersson opening champagne.
Initials APSM/1519 APSM/1537
SPORT: CAR RACING
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Background: In the Italian Grand Prix, 24 Formula One racing cars lined up for the start in Monza on Sunday (September 9th).
Sweden's Ronnie Petersson eventually won the race in a Lotus. Petersson covered the 55 laps in a time of one hour, 29 minutes and 16 seconds. His average speed was 123 kilometres and hour (132 miles an hour). In second place was Emerson Fittipaldi form Brazil, also driving a Lotus, with a time of one hour, 29 minutes and 17 second. Peter Revson form the United States, in a McLaren Ford, came in third with a time of one hour 29 minutes and 45 seconds.
Scotland's Jackie Steward and Emerson Fittipaldi were the favourites to win the race, over 318 kilometres (197 miles). Stewart has gained five Grand Prix victories this season and his fourth place in the race clinched his third World Drivers Championship. Stewart, in a Tyrrell Ford, came in with a time of one hour, 29 minutes and 50 seconds.
Despite recent modification, the Monza track is still rated as one-of the fastest in the world. Safety precautions for this race included foam-equipped fire engines stationed every 400 metres (400 yards) along the track. A fleet of high speed vehicles with fire fighters aboard was standing by, as were two helicopters ready to rush casualties to hospital. About 100,000 spectators watched the race as the temperature soared to 28 degrees centigrade (82 degrees Fahrenheit).