In many ways we were the same. We always crossed each other’s paths. We both tried to win. I had a lot of respect for him on the circuit. We were friends. When I looked into his eyes I knew exactly what was going on.
In many ways he was my opposite. I would never drink before a race. With other drivers I would have a beer after it and then say goodbye. That was not friendship. With James it was different. James was different.
It’s sad that he’s not here now sitting with me. He died too early, too young. I wish he’d been here to see the movie. It would have been the best. - Niki Lauda (x)