Niki Lauda vs. James Hunt: A Battle That Made It to the Big Screen

The film Rush, directed by Ron Howard, recalled the dispute between the Austrian and the Englishman for the Formula 1 title of the 1976 season.

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La F1 It can be a source of inspiration for thousands of movies. You just have to know how to tell one of his many stories well. That was the goal of the talented director Ron Howard, who through Rush reflected the battle between the Austrian Niki Lauda and English James Hunt for the 1976 championship.

Howard (A Brilliant Mind, Apollo 13 and The Da Vinci Code) shot the film on different European circuits also using various F.1 cars of the time. The main roles of Rush were in charge of the German Daniel Brühl (Inglorious Bastards and Goodbye Lenin) as Lauda; and from the british Chris Hemsworth (Thor and Star Treck) as Hunt.

Rush: The Battle of Lauda and Hunt on the Big ScreenOne of the main moments of this duel was Lauda's accident in the old Nurburgring, scene of the GP of Germany. There he almost lost his life, but he recovered and 40 days later he returned to compete. Although he missed two races, he had a chance to win the title at the Japanese GP, the last date of the tournament. However, the Austrian refused to race on Fuji's rainy day and that gave Hunt the title.

“As it is based on a true story we needed to be in all the details and, at the same time, give the viewer the possibility to immerse themselves in a world as particular as Formula 1. It is all very fascinating, sexy and dangerous at the same time. and thanks to technology we were able to transmit that vertigo that characterizes racing ”, Howard explained.

“This is not a low-cost film, but we had to manage resources well to achieve our goal. We wanted to capture the feeling of the Grand Prix and I think we succeeded ”, added the director, who could be seen in several careers internalizing even more of that particular world that he brought to the big screen.

Rush premiered in September 2013 to rave reviews.

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