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Title1
Year2013
CountryUSA
GenreDocumentary (Movies)
CollectionRace
Run Time1h 51 min
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The film opens with the 1996 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, where Martin Brundle survived a spectacular crash at turn 3. After receiving clearance from race doctor Sid Watkins, Brundle hopped into a spare car to finish the race. The film then takes a brief look at the early days of Formula One racing in the 1950s, which was essentially a resumption of prewar Grand Prix racing. In 1958, the year world champion Juan Manuel Fangio retired, the FIA announced the Formula One World Constructors’ Championship for the makers of the winning car. This led to a wave of British privateer teams, nicknamed “Garagistas” by Enzo Ferrari, dominating the Championship. Most notable was Team Lotus, led by Colin Chapman.

In 1966, the FIA doubled the engine size from 1.5 to 3 liters, which saw the cars race markedly faster on tracks and facilities unchanged since before World War II. This resulted in several fatal accidents. The death of Chapman’s star driver Jim Clark at the Hockenheimring in a Formula Two race in 1968 was a turning point: several drivers, including Clark’s Lotus replacement, Jochen Rindt, and the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA), began questioning the sport’s safety. Rindt himself was killed during practice at the 1970 Italian Grand Prix; he was posthumously awarded the driver’s championship that year.

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The film opens with the 1996 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, where Martin Brundle survived a spectacular crash at turn 3. After receiving clearance from race doctor Sid Watkins, Brundle hopped into a spare car to finish the race. The film then takes a brief look at the early days of Formula One racing in the 1950s, which was essentially a resumption of prewar Grand Prix racing. In 1958, the year world champion Juan Manuel Fangio retired, the FIA announced the Formula One World Constructors’ Championship for the makers of the winning car. This led to a wave of British privateer teams, nicknamed “Garagistas” by Enzo Ferrari, dominating the Championship. Most notable was Team Lotus, led by Colin Chapman.

In 1966, the FIA doubled the engine size from 1.5 to 3 liters, which saw the cars race markedly faster on tracks and facilities unchanged since before World War II. This resulted in several fatal accidents. The death of Chapman’s star driver Jim Clark at the Hockenheimring in a Formula Two race in 1968 was a turning point: several drivers, including Clark’s Lotus replacement, Jochen Rindt, and the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA), began questioning the sport’s safety. Rindt himself was killed during practice at the 1970 Italian Grand Prix; he was posthumously awarded the driver’s championship that year.

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