Looking to get your F1 fix from the couch? Look no further. We have compiled our favourite F1 films and TV series that has you covered. From the classics to the newly released docuseries, you will not be short of action and racing drama.
This is the story of Bruce McLaren, the New Zealander who founded the McLaren Motor Racing team and who showed that a man from humble beginnings could take on the elite world of motor racing and win. Told through new dramatised footage alongside the original film and supported by interviews with those who knew him, this documentary makes clear the astounding dedication and loyalty he inspired in those who worked for him.
Ron Howard’s ‘Rush’ showcases the heated rivalry between Formula One superstars James Hunt and Niki Lauda bubbling over during the unforgettable 1975 season. The cinematic recreation perfectly captures the intensity of the pair’s relationship whilst also diving into the sheer brutality of Lausa’s recovery after his life-changing crash at the Nurburgring.
1: Life on the Limit (2013)
Set in the golden era of Grand Prix Racing ‘1’ tells the story of a generation of charismatic drivers who raced on the edge, risking their lives during Formula 1’s deadliest period, and the men who stood up and changed the sport forever. Featuring a range of interviews with big name racing stars from John Surtees to Lewis Hamilton, this documentary emphasises just how difficult it is to balance safety and thrills in a sport that is inherently dangerous.
Focusing on the career and family of its legendary founder Sir Frank Williams, this British sports documentary tells the extraordinary story of the Williams Formula 1 team, from its inception to the present day. With a combination of new and archives footage, this films provides an intimate look into the heart of the Williams family.
Weekend of a Champion (2013)
Filmmaker Roman Polanski spends a weekend with world champion driver Jackie Stewart as he attempts to win the 1971 Monaco Grand Prix, offering an extraordinarily rare glimpse into the life of a gifted athlete at the height of his powers. For those wanting to be a fly on the wall of a world champion, now is your chance.
Ferrari: Race to Immortality (2017)
The 1950’s – the iconic Scuderia Ferrari battle to stay on top in one of the deadliest decades in motor racing history. Cars and drivers were pushed to their limits, and the competition for the world championship meant racing on a knife edge where one mistake could take a life. At the centre of it all was Enzo Ferrari, a towering figure in motor racing who was driven to win at any cost. Amidst the stiff competition within his Ferrari team, two of its British stars, Peter Collins and Mike Hawthorn, put friendship first and the championship second. Ferrari: Race to Immortality tells the story of the loves and losses, triumphs and tragedy of Ferrari’s most celebrated drivers in an era where they lived la dolce vita during the week and it was win or die on any given Sunday.
Spanning his years as a Formula One racing driver from 1984 to his untimely death a decade later, Senna explores the life and work of the triple world champion, his physical and spiritual achievements on the track, his quest for perfection and the mythical status he has since attained.
A Life of Speed: The Juan Manuel Fangio Story (2020)
Based on a study conducted in 2016 by the University of Sheffield that determined that Juan Manuel Fangio is the best F1 driver in history, A LIFE OF SPEED: THE JUAN MANUEL FANGIO STORY seeks to get inside the mind of the legend throughout his career and personal life to understand what led him and other drivers to risk their lives racing in cars that flew at the same speeds as today, but with minimal safety precautions and where many do not make it to the end of the season.
Grand Prix: The Killer Years (2011 TV Movie)
This documentary focuses on the dangers of the early Grand Prix racing and the actions that followed in order to make Formula 1 safer. Former drivers, mechanics and journalists share their insights and experiences on a cruel era, that became the stepping stone for bettering F1 safety.
Formula 1: Drive to Survive (TV Series 2018)
The drivers, managers and team owners in Formula 1 live life in the fast lane — both on and off the track. This docuseries gives viewers exclusive, intimate access to the people in one of the world’s greatest racing competitions. “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” reveals the true story of the high-octane sport, which goes beyond the fight to be No. 1. There’s also a battle for the heart, soul and direction of the multibillion-dollar business. Storylines include changes that a team undergoes after an ownership change and the pressure felt to outperform other drivers.
Ford v Ferrari (2019)
American automotive designer Carroll Shelby and fearless British race car driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary vehicle for the Ford Motor Co. Together, they plan to compete against the race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.
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