We’ve waited a long time for a film to do Formula 1 justice. In fact, the last decent F1 movie we can think of, save for the excellent Senna documentary, was Grand Prix way back in 1966. Since then we’ve had to put up with Sylvester Stallone being terrible in the risible F1/CART/Indy flop Driven, and, well, that’s about it. But now, after the success of Senna, there are several F1 movies in the works. And for the moment, this is the one we’re pinning our hopes on.
Rush, helmed by renowned director Ron Howard (Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon), tells the tale of the epic 1976 Formula 1 season, which saw British driver James Hunt and Switzerland’s Niki Lauda battle each other for the world title right down to the last race. The story was made even more exciting by the fact that Lauda nearly died midway through the season after an horrific crash at the Nurburgring, yet came back just four races later to contest the title.
With stars like Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) as Hunt and Lauda, and what looks like a very close eye for period detail, we’re keeping fingers, arms and legs firmly crossed that Rush will be the movie that conveys the glamour and excitement of Formula 1 in the 1970s.