Not to give away the ending to Ron Howard’s upcoming Formula One film, “Rush,” but the winner of the climactic F1 race in 1976 was neither British playboy James Hunt nor icy Austrian Niki Lauda. It was Mario Andretti who captured that year’s Japanese Grand Prix in weather conditions so adverse they won’t need any Hollywood embellishment.
“In all my days, I never, ever encountered anything like that. It was a deluge,” Andretti recalled. “We were begging the organizers if they could delay it. They totally ignored our safety.”
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