Life On The Limit. A documentary in the Senna vein that looks to relate the story of the sport for a broad audience.
Much of the vintage footage is glorious and the assembled talking heads – from Jackie Stewart to Bernie Ecclestone and Lewis Hamilton – are excellent, a gimlet -eyed Stewart recalling “when motor racing was dangerous and sex was safe”.
But in attempting to live up to its subtitle the film is really the F1 story told through the prism of how dangerous the sport was and the fatalities it caused.
The narrative then, bookended by Martin Brundle’s horrific accident in Australia in 1996, gallops across the years through numerous, grisly, flaming crashes heading, inevitably, towards Ayrton Senna’s death in 1994.
Many of these scenes linger too long and their progression becomes ghoulish. Death was part of the story and while there is much that is fascinating here – F1’s wilful resistance to safety measures for so long and the role of Wags in the 60s and 70s for example – it was but one side of the sport, one that many may not like to revisit in such detail.