“Rush” Gives Life to F1’s History

Racing movie rec of the week: Rush is a beautifully crafted and stylized look into one of Formula 1’s greatest rivalries.

  • Formula 1 is currently in its off-season, so that means you can spend some time appreciating the sport’s history.
  • Rush stars Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Niki Lauda through their ascension to F1 stardom.
  • This biopic could work as a first step to getting your friends or family into Formula 1.

    We’ve stopped by the NASCAR pits with Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and lapped the asphalt aisle with Bikini Beach, but we haven’t spent time with any film honoring the highest level motorsport in the world: Formula 1. There’s no better way to introduce someone to one of racing’s wildest rivalries than the 2013 modern-classic Rush.

    For those that have somehow avoided seeing Rush, its story is simple. It follows the lives of Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) as the pair climb the ranks of motorsport, taking their rivalry with them all the way to Formula 1, where they battle for wins and championships. Their rivalry has become one of the most iconic in racing history.

    Directed by Ron Howard, this movie should be a mainstay in any racing fan’s movie collection. While not wholly accurate, this biopic walks the fine line of paying honor to the source material and condensing a decades-long tale into 123 minutes. Almost as important, the story also needed to be watchable, and Rush certainly checks that box.

    With the Formula 1 off-season inching closer to pre-season testing and new car reveals, Rush will work to scratch your open-wheel-racing itch. This 2013 classic is currently streaming on Netflix.

    Have you seen Rush? Is it your favorite Formula 1 film? Tell us your thoughts below.

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