Top 5 F1 documentaries/movies

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They say sport is a great teacher. The stories it creates, the players it produces, inspire generations. The underdog stories, fulfilment of promises, shattering of dreams, sports shows you everything. In case you missed some well-known stories or want to relive them, watching sports documentaries is a great option.
Throughout its history of 70 years, F1 has been a source of some enlivening events that caught the eyes of many documentary and movie makers. Reslett has pulled together a list of 5 Formula 1 documentaries that are worth you spending some time with.

5. Grand Prix (1966)

Grand Prix is a fictional film based on the lives of 4 Formula 1 drivers. The film has some cameo appearances of legendary drivers like Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark and Bruce McLaren. Directed by John Frankenheimer, the Grand Prix won 3 Oscars in 1667.

4. 1: Life on the Limit (2013)

1: Life on the Limit is a documentary that depicts an era where dangerous circuits and unreliable cars led to many fatalities. Narrated by Michael Fassbender, the 2013 documentary shows the evolution of safety in F1. Formula 1 champions Jackie Stewart, Michael Schumacher, Mario Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi, Nigel Mansell, Niki Lauda, Damon Hill, Jenson Button, Jody Scheckter, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are among the interviewees contributing to the film.

3. Senna (2010)

Senna is a documentary on legendary Formula 1 racing driver Ayrton Senna. Describing the life of an extraordinary driver, the documentary is entirely based on the collection of real-life footage. Written and produced by Indian born Manish Pandey, the 2010 documentary is regarded as one of the best documentaries in sport’s history.

2. Rush (2013)

The 2013 film is based on the intense 1970s rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Their epic 1976 title battle pushed racing to a whole new level. This along with Ron Howard’s direction and Han Zimmer’s music makes it a must-watch.

1. Formula 1: Drive to Survive

Drive to Survive is a documentary series that follows drivers and teams throughout the season and shows behind the scenes and inside paddock stuff, along with some on-track action, in an engaging way. For those who fell out of love with F1, this series will make you fall in love with F1 again. Even non-F1 people would find it entertaining. Go watch it if you haven’t already!

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Prathamesh Dhikale
An Engineer with a passion for Motorsports and Football