Set against the sexy, glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing in the
1970s, the film is based on the true story of a great sporting rivalry
between handsome English playboy James Hunt (Hemsworth), and his
methodical, brilliant opponent, Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Bruhl). The
story follows their distinctly different personal styles on and off the
track, their loves and the astonishing 1976 season in which both drivers
were willing to risk everything to become world champion in a sport
with no margin for error: if you make a mistake, you die.