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Set in the golden era of Grand Prix Racing '1' tells the story of a generation of charismatic drivers who raced on the edge, risking their lives during Formula 1's deadliest period, and the men who stood up and changed the sport forever.


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Credited cast:
Michael Fassbender ... Narrator
Niki Lauda ... Himself
Lewis Hamilton ... Himself
Michael Schumacher ... Himself
Mario Andretti Mario Andretti ... Himself
Jackie Stewart ... Himself
Sebastian Vettel ... Himself
Jenson Button ... Himself
Eddie Jordan Eddie Jordan ... Himself
Damon Hill Damon Hill ... Himself
Bernie Ecclestone Bernie Ecclestone ... Himself
Sid Watkins Sid Watkins ... Himself
Nina Rindt Nina Rindt ... Herself (archive footage)
Emerson Fittipaldi Emerson Fittipaldi ... Himself
Nigel Mansell Nigel Mansell ... Himself


Set in the golden era of Grand Prix Racing '1' tells the story of a generation of charismatic drivers who raced on the edge, risking their lives during Formula 1's deadliest period, and the men who stood up and changed the sport forever.

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The True Story of the Drivers Who Risked Their Lives and Changed the Sport Forever


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Onboard footage of Ayrton Senna's McLaren at Monaco is wrongly attributed to the 1989 Grand Prix. Commonly mistaken for footage from 1988 or 1989, no onboard cameras were placed on either McLaren at Monaco until the 1990 Grand Prix when the popular onboard footage seen in the film was actually recorded. See more »

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Interesting but unfocused documentary
9 July 2014 | by ScaramangaSee all my reviews

Coming in the wake of Senna and Rush, F1 has been spoiled in recent years. Despite production starting before either of the former films, 1: Life on the Limit is the last to be released, and suffers a little because of it.

I had the privilege of seeing this film screened at Silverstone during the British Grand Prix weekend, and what an arena to see it in, surrounded by Formula One Fans of all ages!

The film tells the history of Formula One, from its beginnings right up to the 2012 season, (Sebastian Vettel is credited as "3 time world champion"). Bookended by Martin Brundle's horror crash at the Australian Grand Prix in 1996 where he ran back to the pits and simply got in the spare car to take the restart, the documentary struggles to find the story it is trying to tell. Is it the evolution of safety, or a straight documentary about the history of Formula One?

As a story about the strides made in safety, the story seems to finish with Brundle's crash highlighting that it was just 2 years after the death of Ayrton Senna, but then goes on for a while after that, leading more towards it being aimed as a story about the history of F1.

As a history of F1, it doesn't offer much more than a long-time follower of F1 wouldn't know, but does offer little morsels that may be unfamiliar to some people, such as how Bernie Ecclestone became one of the most influential people in world sports, or Jacky Ickx, the driver who rebelled against the drivers union when they attempted to strike over safety concerns.

But with 64 years of history to cover, the documentary does not really have the time to go into much depth over the stories and personalities involved, and comes across as a little shallow as a result.

Having said that, I would recommend this film to anyone with a passing interest in F1 as a springboard to other stories within F1 and adding context to the names of legends that are still revered by F1 drivers and fans alike, especially after seeing Rush, but possibly before seeing Senna as the Senna section of this film does leave you feeling a little short-changed.

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