Hunt vs Lauda Tues­day, 7.30pm, Turbo Max

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

This doc­u­men­tary looks at the bat­tle be­tween Bri­tain’s James Hunt and Aus­tria’s Niki Lauda for the 1976 For­mula One world driv­ers cham­pi­onship. The race took place only five weeks af­ter Lauda’s hor­rific ac­ci­dent in the Ger­man Grand Prix, which melted parts of his face and one ear. His Fer­rari man­ager, Daniele Audetto, re­calls how when Lauda re­moved his bal­a­clava “his face was a mask of blood”. But he climbed back into the driver’s seat and was neck and neck with Hunt by the time they reached the fi­nal grand prix of the sea­son in Ja­pan. Hunt won with some fa­mously reck­less driv­ing, but Lauda, hav­ing come close to death once, dropped out. Pre­vi­ously un­seen footage and exclusive in­ter­views with people who wit­nessed the race help round out this pow­er­ful story.

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