Lewis Hamilton confident Brad Pitt can take F1 to new heights | Inquirer Sports

Lewis Hamilton confident Brad Pitt can take F1 to new heights

/ 03:54 PM July 07, 2023

Brad Pitt Formula One F1

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 23, 2022 Brad Pitt is seen before the race REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo

SILVERSTONE, England–Brad Pitt’s Hollywood treatment of Formula One will take the sport’s already surging popularity to another level, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton predicted on Thursday.

The actor’s as-yet untitled movie is being filmed at Silverstone this weekend during the British Grand Prix, with the production having a garage and pitwall stand as a fictional 11th ‘APX GP’ team.


The movie cars are also set to feature on the grid, without driving a formation lap, and be on track in between the sessions.


Formula One hopes to build on the appeal of the Netflix docu-series ‘Drive to Survive’.

“We’ve already seen the great work and impact of the Netflix show and I think this will take it to new heights beyond that,” Hamilton, who has been advising as a co-producer, told reporters.

The Apple TV film is being directed by Joseph Kosinski, the director of “Top Gun: Maverick”, with producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

The oldest current F1 driver is Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso at 41 and Pitt, who plays a driver coming out of retirement to race an up-and-coming rookie, is 59 in real life.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton Formula One F1

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 6, 2023 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton ahead of the grand prix REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

Hamilton suggested that was no big deal.

“Brad looks like he’s ageing backwards. He looks great for his age,” said the Briton.


“He’s super-fit, he’s been training… at the end of the day it’s a movie so there will be a Hollywood element to it that will make it believable.”

Pitt will drive a modified F2 car and Hamilton said he had watched the actor get some laps under his belt, recently at Silverstone and before that at a track in Los Angeles, and been impressed.

“I was just watching on the wall. He was just coming by flat out,” he said.

“We did do a day together at a track in LA and for someone that hasn’t raced he’s definitely already got a keen eye.

“He loves watching MotoGP so he’s always been a racing enthusiast. He had already a knack for the lines and he was fully on it, which was good to see.”

Hamilton said the movie would also do justice to a sport where cars can hit top speeds of 370kph.

“It’s going to look fast. I think it’s going to look faster than it does on TV,” he said.

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

“You already saw what he (Kosinski) has done with fighter jets, what he did with Maverick… bringing that technology into our world; I think it’s going to be amazing.”


Feels like America has accepted Formula One, says Hamilton
American F1 driver not a necessity, says McLaren boss Zak Brown

TAGS: Brad Pitt, Formula One

© Copyright 1997-2024 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.