Aug. 11th, 2013

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I've checked the IMDB page for Rush recently and was alarmed to see that Alastair Caldwell doesn't seem to be in the film. How can they not include him?! The man who, eg. commented on James' furious dislike of testing (since it wasn't competitive driving):

"We should have hired a more competent test driver and got the car quicker. Then, on race day, we could have dragged James in on his leash, strapped him into the car and let him loose like a mad dog."

Heh.

Hell, the man who did in fact drag James in on his leash and strapped him into the car for the Japanese Grand Prix in 1976, when for once in his life James was being sensible and refused to race in fog and heavy rain, stating:

"I would rather give Niki the title than race in these conditions."

[...] Hunt again told Caldwell that he wasn't driving, and again Caldwell told him he was. Hunt said to Caldwell: "Alastair, fuck this, I'm getting out." Caldwell retorted: "Get out of that car and I'll break your fucking neck." John Hogan witnessed this and remembers: "James replied: 'Oh, alright.' And that was it."

As Hunt often said, it was Alastair Caldwell that won the championship, not him. And he's somehow not in the film?! What, will the McLaren team just not have a team leader?

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