F1 legend Niki Lauda among presenters at tomorrow’s Golden Globe Awards

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Three-time Formula One World Champion Niki Lauda, whose epic battle for the 1976 title with the late James Hunt is at the core of Ron Howard’s recent film “Rush,” will be among those presenting awards for tomorrow’s 2014 Golden Globe Awards (8 p.m. ET, NBC).

“Rush” could walk away with several awards tomorrow night in Beverly Hills. Daniel Bruhl, who played Lauda in the film, is nominated for Best Supporting Actor. He’ll be up against Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”), Bradley Cooper (“American Hustle”), Michael Fassbender (“12 Years A Slave”), and Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”).

The film itself is also nominated for Best Motion Picture, Drama, taking on “12 Years A Slave,” “Captain Phillips,” “Philomena,” and “Gravity.” In addition, the Associated Press reports that Chris Hemsworth, who played Hunt in “Rush,” will help Lauda introduce the film during the awards ceremony.

According to BoxOfficeMojo, “Rush” garnered almost $27 million at the U.S. box office, while taking in an additional $63.3 million in foreign sales. It is set to be released in Digital HD this Tuesday, Jan. 14, and in a Bluray combo pack on Jan. 28.

The Golden Globes are voted upon by the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Brown: Dennis would have made same decision on McLaren-Honda split

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Zak Brown believes former McLaren team boss Ron Dennis would have made the same decision to cut ties with struggling Formula 1 engine partner Honda had he still been in charge at the team in 2017.

McLaren executive director Brown helped engineer a deal for the team to split with Honda at the end of the 2017 season after three tough seasons that had seen the Japanese manufacturer offer little in the way of performance or reliability.

The decision split opinion, with McLaren spurning a significant annual financial injection from Honda in order to link up with Renault, believing its on-track fortunes had to be prioritized over its commercial interests.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Brown was asked if he believed Dennis – McLaren’s long-running team chief before stepping down at the end of 2016 – would have made the same decision to cut ties with Honda.

“I think he would have,” Brown said.

“He was here when those conversations were ongoing and I think Ron always has and always will have the best interests of McLaren in his heart.

“He is Mr. McLaren. It burns him inside as much as us not to see us winning races.”

Brown also elaborated on the decision to break off the much-lauded relationship with Honda, saying the first signs of trouble with the 2017 power unit were clear in pre-season.

After a number of attempts to try and rectify the situation, Brown and his fellow team bosses felt there was no alternative but to end the Honda deal for 2018.

“We knew we were in trouble in testing in Barcelona and we worked really hard for six months to try and find solutions that would give us confidence that we’d be much more competitive in 2018,” Brown said.

“Ultimately, after trying many different things and many different ways we felt we couldn’t get there.

“Three years is a long time in Formula 1 and so we needed to change the direction to get our team back at the top.”