They had first met when they were both racing in Formula 3. From the start they were not fond of one another.
Hunt was an ass. He had met a women and married her soon after they met. Suzy Miller (Olivia Wilde) was a model. She would later be involved with Richard Burton.
Lauda would meet Marlene (Alexandra Maria Lara) and they would date some time before they were married.
Hunt would still do anything in a short skirt, Lauda loved his wife.
The competition between these two would become infamous. I remember this season and I remember some of the races. The two would do anything and everything to out duel each other.
It was the German Grand Prix and it was a miserable rainy day, but they decided to race. They really shouldn't have. The conditions were horrible for Formula 1. The two would pit and it would be Hunt who was out of the pits first. Niki would do all he could to catch and pass Hunt. It was here that his car would crash into a fiery ball of flame. It was minutes before they were able to get him out of the car. It was nobodies fault for the crash it was mechanical error. He would be alive but he was badly burned. I remember watching this race and seeing the crash. I did not think he would live. I think most never gave him a chance and thought he would die. What he goes through from this point on in the film you must see because it's hard for me to write about.
Director Ron Howard has done a wonderful job with this film. He has been very sensitive to the families about the story. This is an inspirational film and it deserves to be seen. I have always loved Formula 1 racing and this was a dark moment in it's history.