From red carpet to paddock: Nine Hollywood stars who love Formula 1
Formula 1 is a highly popular sport and is regularly followed by many A-list Hollywood stars. If you have the cash to splash, you can follow the sport around the world – and many do.
Below PlanetF1.com features nine Hollywood stars who have shown a particular love for F1.
Brad Pitt is all over the news for his up-and-coming stint in the cockpit of a real race car while filming for a new movie on Formula 1.
The film is yet to be named but director Joseph Kosinski of Top Gun: Maverick and producer Jerry Bruckheimer shared production details during a panel about the untitled film at the F1 Accelerate Summit in Miami.
The movie stars Pitt and counts Lewis Hamilton as one of its producers and makers are said to be creating an 11th team that will film on the track at the British Grand Prix taking place at Silverstone on July 9.
Pitt is scheduled to drive during the weekend as part of the movie which is being made by Apple Studios.
Filming will occur between races and will continue at other F1 weekends until the end of the year.
Anne Hathaway made it clear she had a passion for Formula 1 racing when she recently rubbed shoulders with Daniel Ricciardo at the Met Gala in New York City.
Hathaway admitted she was a “huge” Formula 1 fan when she gushed about her love of the sport to Ricciardo on the red carpet.
The clip of the two stars chatting immediately went viral as fans were delighted to see the merging of the two celebrity worlds play out onscreen, so perhaps we could see her in the paddock in the future…
Patrick Dempsey’s love for F1 has been well documented over the years and he can often be spotted in the F1 paddock.
Dempsey began participating in sports car racing in the mid-2000s, competing at prestigious events such as the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
In 2014, he became a co-owner of the Dempsey-Proton Racing team, which competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and participated in the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
Dempsey’s involvement in motorsports and his passion for Formula 1 have made him a well-recognised figure within the racing community.
Dempsey has spent multiple weekends with the Red Bull F1 team at their hospitality sections so we can assume he will be well and truly cheering them on at the next race.
Cameron Diaz is another Hollywood star who is recognised for her love and passion for Formula 1, having attended multiple races and been spotted more than once interacting in the paddock, as well as on the grid in Monaco in the past.
A well-known petrolhead, her presence at Formula 1 races has been covered by media outlets and shared through social media.
In interviews, Diaz has shared her fascination with the technology, strategy, and high-speed action that make Formula 1 so captivating.
Eric Bana is widely known for his love and passion for Formula 1 racing. He has actively participated in racing events as well as being involved in various projects related to motorsports.
Bana has competed in several celebrity races and has even raced professionally. His passion for racing led to the creation of the documentary film “Love the Beast” in 2009.
The film explores Bana’s personal connection to his Ford Falcon XB Coupe, which he has owned since he was a teenager, and his deep appreciation for the adrenaline, camaraderie, and challenges of the motor racing world.
Rowan Atkinson is a well-known fan of Formula 1 and his love for the sport has been extensively documented, and he has attended numerous Formula 1 races and events over the years – often spotted as a guest in the McLaren garage.
In addition to being a regular spectator at Grand Prix races, Atkinson has also participated in motor racing charity events, celebrity races and classic car events.
In previous interviews, Atkinson has discussed his appreciation for the skill and precision of the drivers, the technical aspects of the cars, and the excitement of the races.
Atkinson is also known for his extensive car collection, which includes several notable and high-performance vehicles.
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Matthew McConaughey is often seen attending Formula 1 races, particularly the United States Grand Prix held in Austin, Texas, and he recently tweeted a photo of himself hugging Lewis Hamilton while supporting the Mercedes team, as well as attending the 2022 French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard.
But McConaughey’s connection to the sport goes beyond being a spectator. In interviews, McConaughey has expressed his admiration for the sport, describing it as the epitome of excellence.
As well as attending races, McConaughey has served as the ambassador for the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, which hosts the United States Grand Prix.
He has also been a brand ambassador for Lincoln, a luxury car manufacturer, and has sponsored his team, COTA Racing, which competes in various motorsport events.
Michael Fassbender has a genuine passion for Formula 1 and has actively pursued opportunities to immerse himself in the racing world.
Fassbender’s interest in motorsport started at a young age, and he has dedicated time and effort to honing his racing skills.
Fassbender has trained intensively and competed in several motor races, and his dedication has paid off with notable podium finishes and impressive performances on the track.
In 2017, Fassbender joined the Ferrari Challenge series, actively competing behind the wheel of a 488 Challenge race car.
Hemsworth’s fame and love for adrenaline-fuelled activities align well with the high-energy and excitement of Formula 1 racing, and he was recently spotted in the paddock with Max Verstappen at the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix in support of the Red Bull team.
Hemsworth’s connection to Formula 1 is evident through his professional work. In 2013, he famously played the part of James Hunt in Rush, Ron Howard’s cinematic recreation of the 1976 F1 season and the battle between Hunt and Niki Lauda for the Formula 1 World Championship.