Formula 1 Fans “Rush” to Watch Motorsports Most Courageous Comeback

Directed by Academy Award Winner Ron Howard, “Rush” has hit the small screen over at Sky Store. With a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 89% and an IMDb rating of 8.3/10, this is one movie that all F1 fans must see.

Reasons to Watch "Rush"

#1 Its Not Just a Film for Motor Heads
The film is set in the mid seventies and based on the true story of two professional racing drivers. James Hunt (played by Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). Hunt, a charming and eccentric British ladies man, lives his life hard and fast, both as a racer, and on the party circuit. Whilst Austrian racing driver Niki Lauda, who is fighting to keep his world champion title, remains serious, focused and business driven.

This era was a golden age in Formula 1 racing, and the movie Rush chronicles the events of the 1976 F1 season in a truly exhilarating way. Depicting both the profound friendship and the ruthless rivalry between Hunt and Lauda, on and off the track, in their private and professional lives, peaking at the German Grand Prix of that year.

#2 There's A Chance to Win a VIP Box at The British Grand Prix
Sky are running a competition you wont want to miss. If you rent "Rush" through the Sky Store here, you will be automatically entered into a prize draw for a chance to win 2 x seats in the VIP box for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on 4th, 5th and 6th July 2014. The competition ends on 23rd February, so don't wait!

#3 What? You Still Need More Reasons?
If those two reasons weren't enough, watch a trailer of the movie below.

Track Safety in the Sixties & Seventies

For the first half a century of F1 racing, driver fatalities averaged 3 per year, it appeared that the technology that made the cars faster was advancing at a faster rate than the safety innovations of the same period. Throughout the 60's many safety improvements were made in the sport but there was still a terrible 13 driver deaths between 1967-75.

The 1976 season itself also saw changes to the safety regulations that included safety structures fitted around the dashboard and pedal areas, and airboxes being banned from the top of the cars. Concerns were already being raised by F1 racing drivers over the safety of the Nordschleife, because of its unforgiving bends. The track was home the notorious "Nothern Loop" nicknamed "The Green Hell" by Jackie Stewart. Interestingly, in the Spring of this fateful season, it was Niki Lauda who proposed a boycott of the Nurburgring, but was voted down.

Lauda was a safety advocate and was verbally opposed to driving at “the Ring”. The track where he inexplicably crashed and almost lost his life. Luckily instead - he went on to make, what has come to be known as one of the most courageous comebacks ever witnessed in the history of motorsport.
Disclaimer: This article was sponsored by Sky, though all opinions remain the authors own.
Image sources: Lauda, Nurburgring / Wiki - Licensed for reuse under Creative Commons 2.0 
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