One of the greatest rivalries in F1 belongs to Niki Lauda & James Hunt. Fueled with nothing less than spectacular 70`s madness, Lauda and Hunt were among the greatest in the history of F1. This is why we are more than happy to share with you this “Niki Lauda and James Hunt. The Rivalry” art created by Ivan Borisov.
Niki Lauda & James Hunt. The story of a great rivalry as automotive art
The story of Lauda and Hunt is more than impressive. They were close but not friends. They shared a dream but not the background. Their motorsport approach was not just different but opposite. While Niki Lauda was precise, systematic and devoted to practising, James Hunt was heavy-drinking playboy stating proudly that 5000 girls were guests of his bed.
F1 season 1976 was the pinnacle of Lauda – Hunt rivalry, both driving for excellent teams like Ferrari and McLaren. First, it looked like Lauda is going to defend his `75 title with four wins (Brazil, South Africa, Belgium, and Monaco) and 58 points while Hunt got just three first places (Spain, France and Great Britain) and lagged behind with only 35 points.
Then the German GP held at Nordschleife turned into hell for Niki Lauda after his car crashed on lap 2 and burst into flames. Luckily, he was saved by fellow pilots suffering severe skin burns and intoxication. Determined as ever, Niki Lauda returned to racing missing only two competitions. It wasn’t enough for him to secure his championship title, won by James Hunt by just a single point.
This way the ex-flatmates Lauda and Hunt exchanged F1 titles in season `76 and did it again in season `77. Both of them will be remembered as great champions in and out of track as the “Rush” movie by Ron Howard depicted them both.
Now you can own this beautiful Niki Lauda & James Hunt. The Rivalry art, beautifully created by Ivan Borisov and carefully issued by Simply Petrol.