Formula 1 on Super Bowl Sunday


Talking Pictures

Being an American, Formula 1 Grand Prix Races (like World Cup soccer) barely registered.  But Thu, who had lived most of her life in Paris and London, loved the racing.  And so did Mark, and I started watching when the great Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna dominated the sport.  His driving was so fluid, natural and he was so charismatic and good-looking, that to me, it actually seemed like an actor was playing him.  Senna, extremely charitable and approachable in Brazil, was considered to be a competitor nearly equal to Juan Manuel Fangio, Formula 1’s Michael Jordan.

“1,” recently released on DVD and Blu-ray, directed by Paul Crowder, and narrated by Michael Fassbender, opens with the perfect event to reveal the fearless, speed-obsessed men (and they’re all men) in those beautiful sleek cars with the distinctive sound.  British driver Martin Brundle goes airborne during the 1996 Australian Grand Prix, survives the spectacular…

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