Yeah, I'm not a Formula 1 guy, but it really was pretty exhilarating. It made me want to watch a race or two, honestly.
I'm really glad to read this. I am an F1 guy and I can tell you it is fun to watch and keep up with. I am looking forward to attending my first race at some point, but it will have to wait until 2014 since the tickets will run about $600/ each.
My wife and I saw Rush last weekend and we both enjoyed it. I liked it for the subtle things I got from knowing the sport. From knowing what "running on wets" means, to knowing that James was imagining Monaco while simulating racing before he met his future wife, and so on.
My wife enjoyed it for everything else it was, a rivalry, a tiny love story, an underdog story, etc.
In any case, if you do nothing else F1 related and you haven't done it already...do yourself a favor and watch the doc Senna on Netflix.