Carlos Pace of Brazil set the fastest lap time in the first official practice session for the British Formula One Grand Prix, on Thursday (17 July).
GV Cars & mechanics in pits
SCUP Niki Lauda seated in car
SV Mechanic with Carlos Pace
CU James Hunt being strapped in
SV ZOOM IN TO CU Ronnie Peterson in car
GV ZOOM IN TO CU Carlos Rautemann adjusting straps
GV ZOOM TO CU Japanese car with driver
CU Engine & cross to mechanic
CU ZOOM OUT TO GV Japanese preparing for race
TGV PAN Across Clay Regazzoni around track
LV Jochen Mass along straight
SV PAN Japanese car along straight (2 shots)
SV PAN Mass during practice
SV PAN Emerson Fittipaldi along straight into bend followed by Niki Lauda (2 shots)
LV PAN James Hunt around circuit
SV Cars along straight during practice
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Background: Carlos Pace of Brazil set the fastest lap time in the first official practice session for the British Formula One Grand Prix, on Thursday (17 July).
Pace, who won the Brazilian Grand Prix last january, lapped the Silverstone circuit in 1 minute 19.58 seconds, with his Braham travelling at an average speed of 132.63 miles per hour (222.57 kilometres per hour).
He was marginally faster than Italian Vittorio Brambilla, who was second fastest with a time of 1.19.63.
Austrian Niki Lauda, runaway leader in this year's World Driving Championship, was third on the times list with 1.19.7.
Lauda, winner of four of the last five rounds in the World Championships, was favourite for Saturday's race before the practice session.
Japan has entered a new car for the race, the Maki-Formula 1. Australian Dave Walker will drive it.
SYNOPSIS: At Silverstone on Thursday, drivers and mechanics prepared for the British Grand Prix.
Brazilian Carlos pace in a Brabham recorded the fastest lap time in the first session... one-minute-nineteen-point-five-eight-seconds.
But British driver James Hunt, fourth in points, could prove hard to beat on his home ground. Sweden's Ronnie Peterson, in a Lotus, is another of the expected pace-makers. There will be twenty-six starters in Saturday's race.
Second on points in the driving championship is Argentine Carlos Reutemann.
Japan has high hopes for the British title too. This is its new Formula 1 car, the Maki. Japanese driver Hiroshi Fushida has been testing the car but it will be entered for Australian Dave Walker.
This was the first of four practice sessions for the Grand Prix. Here...Swiss driver Clay Regazzoni... and West German Jochen Mass who recorded the eight and tenth fastest times respectively.
The Japanese Maki goes through its paces. The British Grand Prix is the tenth of fifteen races counting in the year's Formula One world championship.
Mass, in a McLaren went well over the improved Silver stone circuit.
Reigning champion Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil, also in a McLaren, was third fastest through just behind Pace.
Briton James Hunt, in his Hesketh, is tipped to be the man most capable of beating the Austrian Niki Lauda on the 67-lap course.