Watch Niki Lauda Race James Hunt, But Not Like You Think

Welcome to Sunday Matinee, where we highlight classic car reviews or other longer videos I find on YouTube. Kick back and enjoy this blast from the past.

While we're all waiting for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to re-air here in the United States, let's take a look back on Formula One as it was. Specifically, when it had guys like James Hunt and Niki Lauda.


As we saw in the movie RUSH, Hunt and Lauda had quite the rivalry. This documentary was shot a few years after that rivalry faded away, though, so Hunt was more than accommodating when he helped Lauda make this documentary about F1 in the 1980s. It opens up with a race between Hunt in a Ford Sierra and Lauda in an F1 car, set up to show the immense speed that F1 cars possessed even back then.

Spoiler alert: Hunt loses.

Like the BBC documentary we saw a few weeks ago on the Williams team, this is a fascinating look into the world of 1980s F1. Instead of getting into the nitty-gritty details about team strategy, though, this is more of a general overview of the sport itself.

Even still, it's an excellent look for the beginner who's just looking to get into racing, even if it's just to explain the difference between understeer and oversteer. We tend to get a little wonky sometimes at Jalopnik, so this is definitely a great introduction if you're reading the words that sometimes dribble off your screen and you have no idea what we're talking about.


These are real terms, we swear!

H/t to Yourstereotypicalindian!

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