Jenson Button and Sergio Perez starred on the red carpet for RUSH's world premiere

The hugely anticipated Formula 1 film, RUSH, had its first ‘public’ showing with its world premiere at London’s Leicester Square overnight.

The Ron Howard-directed film that charts the 1976 World Championship battle between James Hunt and Niki Lauda will have several more exclusive screenings ahead of its nationwide cinematic release next week.

True to form, last night’s premiere attracted a solid cast of F1 figures past and present, along with a smattering of celebrity hangers-on.

RUSH World Premiere

The main guests of honour were none other than Lauda, the three-time World Champion, and the family of the late James Hunt, headlined by his two sons, Tommy and Freddy.

The event kicked off with a showcase arrival of McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Perez, who arrived in a pair of McLaren F1 racers.

Also walking the red carpet were the film’s leading men, Chris Hemsworth (playing Hunt) and Daniel Bruhl (Lauda), as well as F1 luminaries including Gerhard Berger, Martin Brundle, and McLaren Group chairman Ron Dennis.

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