RUSH premiere kicks off in London
2 September 2013 – The world premiere of RUSH, depicting the 1976 title race between Niki Lauda and James Hunt, got underway in London's Leicester Square, on Monday evening.
Directed by multiple award-winning Ron Howard, the movie covers the on and off track battles of the pair, with Ferrari driver Lauda fighting to return from a life-threatening crash at the Nürburgring, before losing out to his McLaren rival at the season finale.
Current McLaren drivers Sergio Pérez and Jenson Button kicked off proceedings by arriving in two past cars, the former in Lewis Hamilton's title-winning MP4-23 from 2008 and the latter piloting the M23 with which Hunt secured his Drivers' crown.
Ahead of the main screening, Hunt's son, Tom, and Lauda arrived for interviews, while Chris Hemsworth (portraying Hunt) and Daniel Brühl (portraying Lauda) toured the red carpet, signing autographs and posing for photographs with the gathered crowd.
Further F1 personalities, including three-time World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart plus race winners Gerhard Berger and David Coulthard were also in attendance.
RUSH, totalling two hours and three minutes, will hit cinemas on September 13.