Hamilton on Brad Pitt F1 film: “We’re going to make the best racing movie”

Lewis Hamilton is confident that the team he has helped put together for the new Formula 1 film will “make the best racing movie that's ever existed.”

Hamilton on Brad Pitt F1 film: “We’re going to make the best racing movie”

Hamilton is a producer and advisor to the project via Dawn Apollo Films, a production company that he recently set up in conjunction with his manager Penni Thow.

In addition to the fictional film based around F1, that will start shooting next year, Hamilton is also involved with a documentary about his career.

Both have been backed by Apple, whose CEO Tim Cook was present at the US GP and was invited to wave the chequered flag.

Also in Austin were main star Brad Pitt, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Joseph Kosinski and screenwriter Ehren Kruger. The last three were the team behind recent hit Top Gun: Maverick.

"I'm incredibly excited about it,” said Hamilton when asked about the film by Autosport.

“I mean, what we've able to so far team-wise put together is pretty incredible.

“I've got Tim Cook here this weekend, which is such an honour to have him with us. Him and his team have been so supportive, with supporting my documentary, and also green lighting this movie.

“And then having Brad, a legend, and you've got Jerry, who really is an incredible legend, he did Top Gun the original. And Joe is such a huge talent as a director.

“I have such high hopes for it. I know we're going to make the best racing movie that's ever existed, both visually and we're going to work on making sure we pull on the heartstrings of all those fans.”

Actor Brad Pitt visits the Paddock

Actor Brad Pitt visits the Paddock

Photo by: Carl Bingham / Motorsport Images

The film’s key players hosted a presentation with F1 team bosses in Austin on Friday, and later visited each team for individual meetings, in essence to discuss in more detail what involvement they are likely to have.

Thus far there has been a positive reaction, with teams recognising the big picture of the boost that the sport as a whole is set to receive rather than thinking about any specific PR gains for themselves.

Read Also:

“I think that we don't have to consider the position of every single team in this kind of project,” said Alfa’s Fred Vasseur when asked about by Autosport about the film.

“For me, it could be a mega step forward for F1 in general. As Netflix did a couple of years ago, that for sure then it's relative to the team, you speak about one team, or you have footage about one team.

“But overall, I think that it's good for F1 and it's a mega project, and we will all support the project for sure.”

Haas boss Gunther Steiner said: “I was particularly impressed by the technology they showed us.

“They used it to do Maverick, I didn't know that this existed, so I think they are the best out there at the moment to do something like this.

“As Fred said, it’s the best for F1. It's very good, doing things like this with this calibre of people, and I think there's no negatives, there's just positives. So I think it's fantastic.”

Jerry Bruckheimer American film producer

Jerry Bruckheimer American film producer

Photo by: Carl Bingham / Motorsport Images

Aston Martin boss Mike Krack confirmed that his team had a lengthy discussion with the team behind the film.

“We had them here with us,” he said. “Lawrence [Stroll] was involved.

“It went quite long, actually longer than I was anticipating, we went a bit into scheduling trouble afterwards!

“It was very, very positive. And we will support the project as much as we can, and we have to see how much is our involvement.”

shares
comments
Video: O'Sullivan completes AMABA F1 prize test with Aston Martin
Previous article

Video: O'Sullivan completes AMABA F1 prize test with Aston Martin

Next article

How early struggles and Red Bull rejection equipped Perez for F1’s top team

How early struggles and Red Bull rejection equipped Perez for F1’s top team
Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022? Plus

Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022?

Who was the fastest driver in 2022? Everyone has an opinion, but what does the stopwatch say? Obviously, differing car performance has an effect on ultimate laptime – but it’s the relative speed of each car/driver package that’s fascinating and enlightening says ALEX KALINAUCKAS

Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return Plus

Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return

He has more starts without a podium than anyone else in Formula 1 world championship history, but Nico Hulkenberg is back for one more shot with Haas. After spending three years on the sidelines, the revitalised German is aiming to prove to his new team what the F1 grid has been missing

Formula 1
Jan 29, 2023
The potential-laden F1 car that Ferrari neglected Plus

The potential-laden F1 car that Ferrari neglected

The late Mauro Forghieri played a key role in Ferrari’s mid-1960s turnaround, says STUART CODLING, and his pretty, intricate 1512 was among the most evocative cars of the 1.5-litre era. But a victim of priorities as Formula 1 was deemed less lucrative than success in sportscars, its true potential was never seen in period

Formula 1
Jan 28, 2023
Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss Plus

Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss

OPINION: Fred Vasseur has spent only a few weeks as team principal for the Ferrari Formula 1 team, but is already intent on taking the Scuderia back to the very top. And despite it being arguably the most demanding job in motorsport, the Frenchman is relishing the challenge

Formula 1
Jan 27, 2023
The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023 Plus

The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023

Changes to the regulations for season two of Formula 1's ground-effects era aim to smooth out last year’s troubles and shut down loopholes. But what areas have been targeted, and what impact will this have?

Formula 1
Jan 26, 2023
Are these the 50 quickest drivers in F1 history? Plus

Are these the 50 quickest drivers in F1 history?

Who are the quickest drivers in Formula 1 history? LUKE SMITH asked a jury of experienced and international panel of experts and F1 insiders. Some of them have worked closely with F1’s fastest-ever drivers – so who better to vote on our all-time top 50? We’re talking all-out speed here rather than size of trophy cabinet, so the results may surprise you…

Formula 1
Jan 25, 2023
One easy way the FIA could instantly improve F1 Plus

One easy way the FIA could instantly improve F1

OPINION: During what is traditionally a very quiet time of year in the Formula 1 news cycle, FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has been generating headlines. He’s been commenting on massive topics in a championship that loves them, but also addressing necessary smaller changes too. Here we suggest a further refinement that would be a big boon to fans

Formula 1
Jan 24, 2023
How can McLaren keep hold of Norris? Plus

How can McLaren keep hold of Norris?

Lando Norris is no longer the young cheeky-chappy at McLaren; he’s now the established ace. And F1's big guns will come calling if the team can’t give him a competitive car. Here's what the team needs to do to retain its prize asset

Formula 1
Jan 24, 2023