Formula One drivers among stars at Rush premiere

The glamour of Formula One hit the streets of London for the world premiere of Rush – a film about the bitter rivalry between drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda in the 1970s.


Current McLaren team-mates Jenson Button and Sergio Perez revved their engines as they slowly drove around Leicester Square and onto the red carpet.

Ron Howard  – who directed Frost/Nixon and A Beautiful Mind - is behind the biographical movie.

It stars Australian actor Chris Hemsworth as playboy British racer James Hunt – a risk-taker with a penchant for drugs, women and alcohol.

Germany’s Daniel Bruhl plays the dour, detail-obsessed Austrian Niki Lauda, who almost lost his life when his Ferrari left the track in the German Grand Prix of 1976.

Lauda was trapped in his burning car for over a minute before he was freed.

He sustained horrific burns to his face and toxic fumes burnt his lungs.

Lauda, who was at the screening along with Formula One supremo Bernie Eccleston,  said: “The movie is done very realistically and I, too, was shocked when I saw the hospital scenes, how they treated me, what they had to do to keep me alive.”

Against all odds, Lauda returned to the track just weeks later to try to prevent Hunt from winning the  championship.

The Hunt-Lauda rivalry is widely considered to be one of the fiercest that sport has ever known – certainly the most intense that F1 has ever known.

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