George Harrison was not just a Beatle, but was also a great fan of Formula 1. He was close friends with many of the drivers, in particular Sir Jackie Stewart and Niki Lauda who he wrote this song about. Harrison was actually inspired to write the song after speaking to Lauda after the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. He wanted to write a song that Niki, Jody Scheckter and Emerson Fittipaldi and the rest of the F1 drivers could enjoy. The song is also dedicated to the memory of Ronnie Peterson.
The beautiful sounds of the racing engines revving up come from the 1978 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
George used to be a regular visitor to Adelaide when they held the Grand Prix as well.