Lewis Hamilton and Brad Pitt plot F1 blockbuster movie in Austin

Lewis Hamilton dines with Hollywood star Brad Pitt in Austin as they plot their new Formula One blockbuster film… with the Mercedes driver looking for a record-extending SEVENTH win at US Grand Prix on Sunday

  • Lewis Hamilton is set to co-produce a new blockbuster film about Formula One
  • Brad Pitt, 58, will star as a former racer turned team owner in the new project
  • No driver has won more US Grand Prix titles than the Mercedes drivers’ six 

It is around 5,000 miles from Stevenage to Eddie V’s Prime Seafood restaurant in downtown Austin, Texas, and a seat next to Brad Pitt. 

That is where Hertfordshire-born Lewis Hamilton found himself on Thursday night, a Hollywood superstar for company in the poshest steakhouse in the state capital, as Formula One’s top brass hatched their next major screen blockbuster: a movie starring Pitt, 58, as a washed-up driver turned team owner who returns to the cockpit; Hamilton, 37, will act as co-producer and consultant. 

It is hoped it will build on Netflix’s Drive to Survive series, which has drawn in a new audience who now understand that what happens on track is only a fraction of what this sport is about. 

Lewis Hamilton is set to co-produce a film about F1 alongside legendary actor Brad Pitt, 58

The film will star Pitt as a former racer turned team owner who returns to the cock pit

Rivalries, rumours, rucks — that is the meat and drink of Formula One. Which brings us back to Eddie V’s on 5th Street. 

What a parade it was to the private dining room at the restaurant. The invite list told of how important this movie is to all concerned. On the other side of Hamilton sat Greg Maffei, America chief executive of Formula One’s owners Liberty Media. 

Pitt was in attendance ahead of the US Grand Prix in Texas

Also in attendance were F1 boss Stefano Domenicali, Mercedes chief Toto Wolff, Hamilton’s father Anthony and stepmother Linda.

Hamilton made a speech that was greeted with warm applause and then they tucked in.

The film that goes under the working title Formula One, it can be revealed, will involve all the teams in real-life action. It will be aired on Apple TV, who announced in June they had landed the rights for $140million (£125m), and directed by Joseph Kosinski, who was in charge of the latest Top Gun movie. Hamilton will not have an on-screen part.

A weekend crowd of 440,000 is expected here at the Circuit of the Americas, 15 miles south-east of downtown. That figure reveals the increasing hold Formula One has in the States, where they have proved slow to warm to what they saw as a largely European distraction. Miami came on to the roster this year, an extravagance that Domenicali and Co aim to eclipse when the cars roar down the Las Vegas Strip on November 18 next year.

No driver has won the American Grand Prix more times than Hamilton’s record six victories

Hamilton has won the American Grand Prix on a record six occasions but he is battling his machinery this time. Nevertheless, he was buoyant as he spoke a few hours before his dinner appointment. ‘I’m very happy just being in the States,’ said the Mercedes man and new co-owner of the Denver Broncos.

‘This track is special. Considering it’s a newer circuit, it’s one of the best. And they just do it differently here, right? We Europeans are good at sports but there are things we’ve learned through the partnership with Liberty. The sport is growing in how we put on the show.’

Hamilton has not won this season, having uniquely done so in every previous year of his career, but a glimmer of hope may reside in Mercedes’ extensive upgrades. ‘We’ve had expectations in the past – “Oh, this is going to bring a tenth,” and then we struggle to extract that,’ he said. ‘So I’m of an open mind.’

Hamilton is at risk of losing his amazing record of winning a race in every single season

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