Great bit of footage but I was devasted to find it was in a Mercedes not a Ferrari, they speed up the film and added the sound later. And no an F-1 driver wasn't punting it. Still it is nice to dream.
I've seen this numerous times and each time I come away with something different, such as: how many times he comes close to losing it; he passes an early '70's Mustang Sport Roof; he goes the wrong way down several streets; all of the people he HAD to have hacked off by going the wrong way down those streets; he takes insane chances flying around pedestrians; he has to abort one Right turn because he's going too fast; all of the blatant red lights he blows through with ZERO regard for anyone's safety, let alone his own. I suppose that how cool this film is considered is totally dependent upon ones age. When I was younger (I just turned 53 on 5/4), I thought that this was one of the coolest films EVER. Now that I've aged...a bit, I find myself cringing a little more. The chances he takes are all well and good - if he has GREAT insurance and can deal with the possibility of decreasing the surplus population with his potential demise. Otherwise, cool film!