INTRODUCTION: Former world motor racing champion Niki Lauda will be back on the circuit competing for next season's title.
WOKING, UNITED KINGDOM (VISNEWS - RORY MCLEOD)
SV INTERIOR Lauda, McLaren team manager Teddi Mayer, McLaren chief Ron Dennis around table, Lauda signs contract
CU PULL BACK Lauda name printed on car, Lauda in driver's seat (2 shots)
SV ZOOM IN Lauda speaking to Visnews' Neil Mallard
EXTERIOR Lauda moves off in car: voice over, Lauda answering reporter's question, TRACKING SHOT car on circuit (2 shots)
CU Lauda speaking to reporter
CU PULL BACK SV Lauda in car
SPEECH (TRANSCRIPT) LAUDA (SEQ. 3): "I retired two years ago to start my own airline, which I have done. I worked two years for it. The airline works, everything is all right so, I felt that heart, after giving more time to other things, is still working very hard or beating very hard for motor racing and as I've not driven for two years my personal challenge is to see where I would end up coming back into motor racing and that's what I'm going to do."
MALLARD: "Tell me Niki, how did you feel at Donnington the day you stepped back into a present-day formula one car?"
LAUDA: "This really made me come back because I went to Donnington only to see why my motivations are. Are they good for motor racing? Are there any band feelings when I get back in these cars or is everything for it and if there has been everything for it and I really like to drive again, I took the decision. So Donnington was really the key moment for me to decide."
MALLARD: "Since you left motor racing in 1979, there's a whole crop of new drivers around. Do you think you're going to be able to beat them?"
LAUDA: "It's very difficult because for me, to start from zero so what I will do I will go to the next couple of races and learn and sec and understand things how these things work today. So, I think it will take me a while to adjust myself to the cars, to the generation, to the way they drive. So it's not going to be easy."
Background: INTRODUCTION: Former world motor racing champion Niki Lauda will be back on the circuit competing for next season's title. After months of speculation about a return to Grand Prix racing, the Austrian finally signed with Britain's McLaren team on Thursday (12 November). Lauda, 32, will drive in partnership with Northern Ireland's John Watson for a fee reputed to be more than one million pounds sterling (1.8 million U.S. dollars).
SYNOPSIS: Lauda's return to world formula one racing was signed, sealed and delivered at a brief ceremony in Woking near London. Watching him put the all-important signature to contract were McLaren team manager Teddi Mayer on the left and McLaren's chief executive Ron Dennis.
Afterwards, the world champion of 1975 and 1977 explained to Neil Mallard to Visnews why he decided to risk life and limb once more.
Despite Lauda's caution, formula one enthusiasts agree this come-back is just the boost the sport needs.
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