Formula 1 Movies: The Noise & The Rivalries

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.

Senna is also available via Hoopla.

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.

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