Preview: Rush (15)
PUBLISHED: 07:30 13 September 2013
ONE of the world's greatest sporting rivalries is brought to the big screen this week in a glamorous and horsepower-fuelled biopic.
The extrovert James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), who liked his women as fast as his cars, went head-to-head with his polar opposite Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) for the 1976 F1 crown.
It was a year of controversy, tragedy, partying and incredible sporting drama which saw no inch given between the Brit and the Austrian.
It was an extraordinary season and saw Lauda go from receiving the last rites after a spectacular crash, to lining up on the grid for the Italian Grand Prix in fewer than 40 days. The 1976 season was one no F1 fan will ever forget.
But despite their hostilities on track and their chalk-and-cheese personalities, Lauda and Hunt’s rivalry has been revered for almost four decades due to their boundless respect for one another as they battled wheel-to-wheel at 170mph.
Director Ron Howard has gone to extraordinary length to recreate footage from the time, as he has so famously done with his other films, including Apollo 13.
Rush, which is released today (Fri), has received rave reviews both from those within the F1 paddock and those who are not even fans of Formula One.