Ecclestone pleased with Rush, says Howard

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Rush movie director Ron Howard says Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is pleased with the depiction of the sport in the feature.

Howard’s movie, due out next month, tells the story of the 1976 grand prix season and the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

“Bernie afterwards said ‘Thank you for making this movie’,” Howard told the official Formula One website. “He was very emotional about it – and very gracious about it, as he has been to me all along.”

The film depicts Lauda’s crash during the 1976 German Grand Prix which left him with severe burns. Howard said Lauda was proud of the movie:

“For Niki it was the second time that he had seen it and he said that he enjoyed it even more – felt even better about it. He was sitting next to Lewis Hamilton watching and it gave him a lot of pride.”

Howard added the current Formula One teams were “welcoming” but had little to do with the project. “We didn’t ask very much of them,” he said.

“The historic Formula One people were fantastic,” Howard added. “They gave us the cars, they supplied us with cars, the people who run historic races helped us as technical advisors – they really meant a lot and they wouldn’t have done it if they didn’t feel that Formula One is welcoming us.”