Big news for the last couple of years has been the upcoming Ron Howard film Rush, telling the story of the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda through the 1976 season.
Of course any F1 fan is well aware of the basic story, Hunt and Lauda share wins in the 76 Championship, and it looks like it’s going to be another championship for Lauda, but the season is disrupted when Lauda crashes and is almost killed at the Nurburgring. Lauda is given the last rites, but pulls through after being badly burnt, and within 6 weeks is back at the wheel of his Ferrari trying to save his season. With the points incredibly close at the last round in Japan Lauda has to make a choice between risking his life again, or pulling out of the race, leaving the door open for Hunt to take the title.
History cannot be changed, and we all know Hunt took the 76 championship, his only one, but the movie really digs into the story and shows the agonizing decisions that had to be made, and the huge amount of courage Lauda showed in not only cheating death, but in getting back into the car so soon with the injuries he was carrying.
I cannot even start to imagine the pain and suffering Lauda must have gone through. It’s one thing to get out of hospital and walk around the park after that sort of trauma, but to climb back into a Formula One car, pull down the belts tightly over the wounds, then race competitively while all the time getting thrown around in the cockpit just defies anything most of us will ever know. I certainly cannot imagine what it must have been like for him to even try to put a helmet on…
Enjoy the trailers below, and some of the making of clips.
Rush Trailer 1
Rush Trailer 2
Behind the scenes of Rush with interviews
US Speed Channels Will Buxton Interviews Ron Howard about Rush at the end of 2012 after filming had concluded.
More behind the scenes of Rush
Filing on location for Rush
Amateur footage of the Rush Lauda crash re-creation
Rush filming on location at Snetterton in England
About Rush by Channel 10 Australia with Button and Webber
BBC F1 Documentary James vs Niki