I’ve only recently developed an interest in Formula 1 in the last couple of seasons. It’s always been on in the background on a Sunday as my Mum is a fan but I was never really that bothered with cars going round in a circle.
Luckily my opinion changed and now I enjoy it on a different level. I even went to Silverstone last year for the Grand Prix and will definitely attend more races in the future.
Anyway, back to the movie. I have heard of James Hunt and Niki Lauda and was aware of their rivalry but they were racers long before my time. Going into the movie I expected to learn a lot and I wasn’t disappointed.
There is something quite beautiful about the way racing was in those days. Dangerous but beautiful. They knew the risks and were still prepared to race in conditions that should have been stopped with cars lacking almost anything in the way of a safety feature. I’m sure a few people were probably of the opinion back then that safety features took away the fun of racing.
James Hunt was an extraordinary man. He didn’t allow his fear to take over him. I’m lucky enough to work with a guy who knew him first hand so I have heard some of the stories about him. I would imagine he’s on the ideal dinner guest list for most people interested in motor racing, I’m sure it would be a very entertaining evening.
Niki Lauda surprised me. What he understood about cars and the way he changed racing was impressive. The rivalry between him and James Hunt was interesting, two men like chalk and cheese and yet they had a connection that saw past their differences.
The film was wonderful. It was so loud at times it vibrated through the seats, the camera angles of the close racing were brilliant and the characters were well acted and believable. Well done Ron Howard.
More importantly I left the cinema wanting to be a racing driver and had to resist the urge to do a personal best on the way home from the cinema. I think James Hunt would approve!