Set against the sexy, glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing in the 1970s, the film is based on the true story of a great sporting rivalry between handsome English playboy James Hunt (Hemsworth), and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Bruhl). The story follows their distinctly different personal styles on and off the track, their loves and the astonishing 1976 season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything to become world champion in a sport with no margin for error: if you make a mistake, you die.Written by
The blue six-wheeled Formula One car is a Tyrrell P34. Its design had several technical advantages, and Jody Scheckter did win one race in the car in 1976. But it eventually became uncompetitive due to the weight of its complex front suspension, problems with understeer and Goodyear's inability to continue the development of its unique 10-inch tires. The Tyrrell team raced the P34 in 1976 and 1977. See more »
The car which picks up Niki and Marlene in Italy has an Italian rectangular license plate on the back, with a style never seen in Italy. Rectangular plates were introduced in 1976 and featured an orange provincial code which preceded the number. But the scene is set in 1975: Italian license plates at that time were square, with the provincial code in the top row with up to two digits, and the last four digits in the bottom row. The front one, however, is accurate both in shape and format (the provincial code followed the number). See more »
Twenty five drivers start every season in Formula One, and each year two of us die. What kind of person does a job like this? Not normal men, for sure. Rebels, lunatics, dreamers. People who are that desperate to make a mark, and are prepared to die trying. My name is Niki Lauda, and racing people know me for two things. The first is my rivalry with him.
I don't know why it became such a big thing. We were just drivers busting each other's balls. To me this is perfectly ...
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