James Hunt vs Niki Lauda: a rivalry for the ages
Formula 1 has had some great rivalries throughout its 69-year history. We remember fondly the battles held between Michael Schumacher and Mika Häkkinen, the legendary Senna vs Prost or more recently, Lewis Hamilton against Nico Rosberg; but one of the oldest ones is the rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt.
This rivalry had its highest momentum in 1976 the season in which only one point defined the World Championship between the two extremely different titans of the sport. Niki Lauda was known for being very calculatingly-precise and technical both on and off the track; he liked to improve his cars personally and always tried to be at his best to drive.
James Hunt was quite the opposite. He was always partying, drinking and smoking, living his life to the limit every day because he knew he was risking his life every time he drove in a racetrack and therefore, he lived like every day was his last. But at the wheel, he was also very precise but took a lot more risks than Niki ever did (therefore the nickname "Hunt the Shunt"). Both were very talented drivers and had a great rivalry that was always fair and contested.