Paul Crowder’s very well-researched feature documentary about Formula One racing, made alongside Ron Howard’s drama Rush and narrated by Michael Fassbender, has a strangely morbid undertow. The first part of the film follows the “travelling circus” of Grand Prix drivers in the 1960s and 1970s. They’re very dashing figures (likened by some to Spitfire pilots) who lead glamorous lives but stand a fair chance of being killed. Their cars are “mobile bombs” that grew faster and faster, even as the safety standards of the tracks stayed the same.
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Sunday 22 May 1994
DAVID COULTHARD faces the biggest gamble of his career this weekend, after turning his back on the Formula 3000 race in Pau and heading for the warmer climes of Jerez, in Spain, to test for the Williams- Renault Formula One team.
Monday 02 May 1994
NIKI LAUDA, the former world champion, led the tributes to Ayrton Senna, and echoed the feelings of many at his death.
Motoring: Life and the Lotus position - Tony Rudd talks to Phil Llewellin about his half century of fun in motor racing
Saturday 05 March 1994
It is 50 years since Tony Rudd, one of Britain's most accomplished automotive engineers, completed his apprenticeship with Rolls-Royce. There is a framed certificate in Mr Rudd's downstairs lavatory to prove it. Further proof lies in his autobiography, subtitled 'My fifty years of high performance', which records the exploits of this key figure in recent motor-racing history (including driving the BRM V16 Grand Prix car at 200mph on a public road).
Friday 10 December 1993
AYRTON SENNA will be permitted to take his place on the grid for the start of next season's Formula One world championship.
Motor Sport: Southern hell on wheels for the hill-billy heroes: The mean men and machines of the stock-car scene are a race apart from IndyCars. Jeremy Hart reports from Atlanta
Wednesday 17 November 1993
IL LEONE meets The Intimidator. The British Lion versus Deep South hero. Brummie monosyllables and southern drawl. Nigel Mansell and Dale Earnhardt, moustachioed both, at loggerheads on America's walls of death could be the continuing story of Mansell's march through the ranks of racing American style.
Motoring: A thriller writer on the fast track: On the eve of the British Grand Prix, Phil Llewellin met the author of 'Silverstone'
Saturday 10 July 1993
FORREST EVERS is one of motor racing's most colourful characters. He came close to winning the Indy 500, was sixth in Canada, is having a lurid affair with the world's most outrageous rock star - 'What's she like in bed, Forrest?' the tabloids scream - and will be contesting tomorrow's British Grand Prix at Silverstone. But only in the mind's eye of Bob Judd and the readers of his books.
Thursday 17 June 1993
Sir: The article by Keith Botsford (The Independent, 16 June) is an excellent testimony to the arrogance of the writer and a poor epitaph to James Hunt. The item attempted to disguise the sensationalism of the gutter press with a second-rate literary style and pseudo-psychiatric analysis. Botsford could only learn from the obituary by David Tremayne which dealt with matters openly and sensitively. Hunt, as all people, had failings. Unlike most people, Hunt also had an outstanding success. He was the Formula One world champion in 1976.
Motor Racing: Revival of a golden grand prix era: Derick Allsop reports on the battle between Britons and Brazilians in the quest for dominance in Formula One
Monday 17 August 1992
A BRITISH tradition was revived when Nigel Mansell secured the Formula One world championship yesterday.
Motor Racing: Passion fuelled by the fans: The Williams driver, who is giving his views in the Independent throughout the season, reflects on the historic events at Silverstone
Wednesday 15 July 1992
I THOUGHT I had seen and experienced it all at Silverstone, but the 1992 British Grand Prix has surpassed everything before. How could I have failed with 150,000 magnificent fans carrying me along like that? It gets more amazing every year.
Monday 13 July 1992
Nigel Mansell disappearing in a sea of flags and ecstatic supporters yesterday after winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and overtaking Jackie Stewart's British record of six wins in a season. Mika Hakkinen, who finished sixth, was stopped by police for driving on the wrong side of the road on his way to the track and missed the warm-up.
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