Niki Lauda, Ferrari, 1976

Rush gets nod of approval from Ferrari

RushPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Niki Lauda, Ferrari, 1976The forthcoming F1 film Rush has received the endorsement of Ferrari, one of the teams which plays a central role in the story.

Rush, directed by Ron Howard, is based on the events of the 1976 Formula One season, when Ferrari’s Niki Lauda lost the world championship to Mclaren’s James Hunt.

Lauda suffered near fatal injuries in a crash in the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring Nordscleife, yet returned to the cockpit after missing just two races. Hunt had made inroads into his championship lead, and as they went into the final race Lauda was narrowly ahead on points.

But he withdrew from the Japanese Grand Prix which was held in horrendous wet conditions. “In the intervening decades, much has been said and written about that day and what happened before, during and after the race,” said Ferrari in a statement.

“Now enthusiasts can relive the rivalry between two men who took a very individual approach to their job that was a world away from the Formula One of today.

“Anyone that has seen the film was impressed by the way in which Howard has drawn the drivers? personalities and his masterful portrayal of the world of Formula One as it was at the time.

“Despite the passing of almost 30 [sic] years and the enormous progress made in safety, the Rush trailer declares that one fact hasn?t changed: ‘There?s a lie that all drivers tell themselves: death is something that happens to other people’. Anyone that works in the paddocks knows all about that and never forgets it.”

The first trailer for Rush appeared earlier this week.

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