(Silverstone) American actor Brad Pitt was the star of the paddock this weekend at the Formula 1 British Grand Prix, during which he started filming a film about the world of queen discipline of motorsport.
One of the attractions on the British circuit was the presence of an eleventh garage in the pits for the fictional Apex team, which is central to the plot of the film produced by Apple TV and Jerry Bruckheimer.
Brad Pitt, who drove on the legendary track during the weekend, was present on the starting grid of the Grand Prix on Sunday in a white and black combination in the colors of Apex, alongside British actor Damson Idris, with who he shares the poster of the film which should be released in late 2024 or early 2025 and will be released on the Apple platform.
The 59-year-old clearly enjoyed his time in England and was very enthusiastic after his foray into the world of F1.
“I’m having the best time of my life. It’s really great to be here, we have so much fun. Everyone has been great with us, the teams have opened their doors to us, the FIA has been a big help, as has Formula One and Stefano Domenicali,” the Hollywood star told Sky Sports F1.
With the film’s director Joseph Kosinski, who just had a big hit with Top Gun: Maverick, the actor even got to participate in the pre-race briefing with the drivers.
“It was probably the best briefing we’ve ever had,” said seven-time British world champion Lewis Hamilton, who is also co-producer of the film, the title of which is still unknown.
The two Apex single-seaters, which have F2 characteristics but have been given an F1 facelift by Mercedes to blend in with the field, also took their places on the starting grid and took part in part of the formation lap. They were driven by former pilots Craig Dolby and Luciano Bacheta.
“It was a bit surreal to hang out with a world star. But when you have the opportunity to meet Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt or Roger Federer, you realize that they are normal people. He joked a lot and seemed to have a lot of fun. I can’t wait to see what the movie is going to be like,” said British driver George Russell.
On the track, the reigning double world champion Max Verstappen (Red Bull) took his eighth victory of the season in ten races, ahead of the British Lando Norris (McLaren) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), who ignited the approximately 160 000 spectators present Sunday at Silverstone.