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Niki Lauda’s Formula 1 Master Class

Submitted by on November 19, 2015

Niki Lauda 1985 Monaco

Niki Lauda in the 1985 Monaco Grand Prix, thanks to the Cahier Archive

Head back to 1985 and settle in for a wonderful lesson in Formula 1 thanks to Niki Lauda and the classic documentary, Niki Lauda Explains Formula 1.

Directed by Francis Megahy, this 1985 documentary sees the three-time Formula 1 World Champion explaining the sport in impressive detail, while providing his own unique insight along the way.

He discusses the development of Formula 1 cars and the engines that power them, looks at driving techniques and even examines race strategy. We get a peak under the skin of Lauda’s 1982 McLaren, a behind the scenes look at the McLaren factory and explore the McLaren pits.

It even has a nice little pre-Top Gear bit where they pit the McLaren F1 car against a 1.6-litre Ford Sierra, “amongst the most advanced road cars in volume production”, driven by ’76 World Champion James Hunt and a Porsche 928 driven by John Watson for a lap of Silverstone.

Going into remarkable depth, and illustrated beautifully by Lauda just off the back of winning the 1984 championship, this is a fascinating look at the sport in its high-power turbo era with a dominant team and dominant driver.

Get comfortable, and enjoy.

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