The 2016 Formula 1 season starts this weekend with the Australian Grand Prix.
Do you have to love driving to appreciate Formula 1? Not me—I'm a pretty indifferent motorist, but after happening upon tickets to a Grand Prix and hearing the apocalyptic cacophony of a 12-cylinder engine pass 18,000 revolutions per minute and 180 miles per hour before downshifting six gears into a low speed hairpin turn, I was hooked.
Here are a few Formula 1 movies to pique your interest:
Senna: Ayrton Senna. Legend. Period. Even if you have no interest in F1, this is still a captivating story.
Rush: Beowulf vs. Grendel? Daniel vs. Johnny (yes, the one who swept the leg)? Neither one of these epic rivalries can match that of James Hunt vs. Niki Lauda.
Talladega Nights: “Now it is time for the matador to dance with the blind shoe-maker!” OK, this is more NASCAR than Formula 1 (aside from Sacha Baron Cohen as the French Formula 1 star Jean Girard), but if you’re a fan of the comedic stylings of Will Ferrell, this will be wildly entertaining.
Grand Prix: Fans of Lucille Bluth and Malory Archer will recognize a young Jessica Walter playing opposite James Garner in an ensemble cast including Yves Montand as Jean-Pierre Sarti: a Grand Prix driver in the midst of a Jean-Paul Sartre-esque existential crisis.
For additional library materials, here’s a list of Formula 1 related titles.