Top 5 Formula One Films You Must Watch
Continuing with this season’s theme of British motor racing during the 1950s and 60s, we are back with some film suggestions. We've hand-picked our favourite Formula One films, both old and new for you to enjoy.
Grand Prix (1966)
Even 55 years later, this classic film is still renowned as one of the greatest racing films of all time. The story surrounds four competitive Formula One drivers, Jean-Pierre Sarti, Pete Aron, Scott Stoddard and Nino Barlini. Following the 1966 Formula One championship, Aron is dropped by his sponsorship following a crash which led to his teammate, Stoddard being badly injured. Not only do we see racing but their intertwining lives, with Oscar-winning editing.
Formula 1: Drive to Survive
First released in 2019, this Netflix Original docuseries now has 3 seasons, with its latest one being recently launched. This series follows the Formula 1 World Championships across the seasons, with season 1 allowing an insight to the 2018 Championship, season 2 covering the 2019 and finally season 3 showing the 2020 Championship. Each season shows us the drivers and races behind the scenes, including Ferrari and Mercedes from season 2.
Based on a true story, this film revisits the rivalry between English Formula 1 driver James Hunt, played by Chris Hemsworth and Australian driver Niki Lauda, played by Daniel Brühl. Their rivalry first developed at a 1970 Formula Three race in London. Although both drivers are very different, they both share a strong winning desire.
Three-time Formula One champion and Brazil’s beloved national hero, Aytron Senna. This film documents a decade of racing, his struggles on and off the track as well as the highs during his racing career. All footage from the film has been taken from newsreels, Formula One’s archives and the Senna family’s home movies. Aged 34 at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, Senna tragically lost his life. Since then, Professor Sid Watkins, Senna’s friend, has continued his legacy and taken over Senna’s quest to make racing less dangerous.
Race to Perfection (2020)
Released just last year in 2020, marking the sport’s 70th anniversary, a Sky original has been created documenting Formula One’s most brutal incidents, each one with a story to tell. The documentary features rare footage and exclusive interviews with the personalities behind the wheel over time. Looking back at its history, the likes of Sir Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti, Niki Lauda and Lewis Hamilton are all amongst those who tell their stories and share their experiences.