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The Hunt–Lauda rivalry was an individual sport rivalry which continued for about six years (from 1973 to 1979) between two Formula One drivers, the British James Hunt and the Austrian Niki Lauda. While they competed on the track, Hunt readily admitted that the two were good friends from their early days "gypsi(ng) around Europe together" in Formula Three, where they became "mates, not just casual acquaintances."[1] The enduring friendship between the two continued until Hunt's death in 1993.[2]

The Ron Howard film Rush was based on this rivalry, including their admiration for each other, though replacing their real world friendship with a more intense (sometimes even nasty) rivalry, before ending with a warm moment and Lauda's voiceover that Hunt was "among the very few I liked, and even fewer I respected."

Formula One World ChampionshipEdit

Driver Entries Championships Wins Pole positions Fastest laps
  Niki Lauda 177 3 25 24 24
  James Hunt 93 1 10 14 8

Head-to-head resultsEdit

Driver Championship position Wins Podiums Championships
1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
  Niki Lauda 18th
BRM
4th
Ferrari
1st
Ferrari
2nd
Ferrari
1st
Ferrari
4th
Brabham
14th
Brabham
16 39 2
  James Hunt 8th
Hesketh
8th
Hesketh
4th
Hesketh
1st
McLaren
5th
McLaren
13th
McLaren
NC
Wolf
10 23 1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ von Tunzelmann, Alex (2013-09-18). "Rush: a thrilling but untrusty ride". The Guardian. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  2. ^ Hey, Chrissy (2019-05-21). "Niki Lauda on Rush, James Hunt and the crash that changed his life". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2019-07-16.

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