Lewis Hamilton has Austin meeting with Brad Pitt as F1 movie takes shape

Sam Cooper
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton at the Singapore Grand Prix. Marina Bay, October 2022.

Lewis Hamilton discussed details of his new movie over dinner with Hollywood star Brad Pitt ahead of the United States Grand Prix.

Hamilton’s involvement in the film was rumoured as early as January with a report in June confirming the seven-time World Champion Hamilton would serve as a producer to the Apple TV film.

The movie stars Pitt as a racer who returns from retirement to mentor a youngster and the Press Association reports they are working with a budget of $140 million (£125 million), which is the same as the budget cap for the 2022 season that F1 teams are required to work under.

Hamilton was spotted dining with Pitt along with the Mercedes boss Toto Wolff at the Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Restaurant in downtown Austin on Thursday night.

It was a F1 star-studded meal with the likes of F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali and CEO of Liberty Media Greg Maffei also in attendance.

Joseph Kosinski, who will direct the movie, was there as was Hamilton’s father Anthony and his stepmother, Linda.

Pitt then met with the other team principals at the track on Friday to provide details of the upcoming move.

Little is currently known about the project with no confirmation as to when shooting begins let alone a release date. Other than Pitt, it is also not known who will star in the film.

Apple also own the rights to a documentary based on the seven-time World Champion but Hamilton is not the only current F1 driver to be getting involved in show business as Daniel Ricciardo is reported to be serving as an executive producer for a Disney-backed F1 TV series.

Ricciardo has reportedly joined up with ABC Signature, Temple Hill and Lionsgate TV to create a series for Hulu.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hulu are creating a Formula 1 scripted series but the exact content of the half-hour show series is still being kept under wraps

While the Pitt movie will no doubt have plenty of drama, there is just as much drama inside the paddock currently with speculation continuing to circle about Red Bull’s breach of the budget cap.

Red Bull had been rumoured to be preparing a press conference in Austin on Friday but it emerged they may have cancelled it to talk with the FIA.

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