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Is Hamilton’s dramatic British GP victory leading to an F1 movie?

It’s often said that truth trumps fiction, and any sports fan can attest to that, whether it’s Tiger Woods overcoming injury and personal adversity to win his fifth Masters title, Liverpool overcoming a 3-0 halftime deficit against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final to win the title, or the New England Patriots overcoming a 25-point deficit against the Atlanta Falcons in the final quarter of the 2017 Super Bowl to win the title.

Formula 1 has witnessed many intriguing storylines over the years, from Hamilton’s final-corner pass in Brazil that clinched the 2008 world title, to 18-year-old Max Verstappen winning his Red Bull debut in 2016, to the controversial 2021 Abu Dhabi season finale that saw the two battle it out in a fiercely contested title battle.

A tearful Hamilton on Sunday secured his first victory in 945 days, his ninth British Grand Prix victory in front of a jubilant home crowd and answered existential questions about whether he would never win again or whether he was good enough during a difficult dry spell following his crushing 2021 title loss.

It was a true, high-octane sports drama, where greatness, overcoming loss and self-doubt led to an emotional outburst like we’ve never seen before from F1’s most accomplished driver.

Actor Brad Pitt during the filming of his upcoming movie

Actor Brad Pitt during the filming of his upcoming movie

Photo: Sam Bagnall / Motorsport Images

It was only fitting that Hamilton’s final entry into the history books would take place under the watchful eye of Hollywood’s great and good as filming resumed. F1The upcoming film, starring Brad Pitt and produced by the seven-time world champion.

The film’s fictional APX GP team returned to the race with a large presence, filming several scenes on location, including Pitt and co-star Damson Idris mingling with members of the F1 media and filming their post-race interviews in the media pen.

Other filming locations this year will include the Hungaroring, Spa-Francorchamps, Mexico City, Las Vegas and Abu Dhabi.

Shooting at live F1 events and involving Hamilton in the script to give him input is a testament to the desire to make a racing film that is immersive and realistic, with a touch of unicorn lore.

The film, which is set to be released in June 2025, also got a preview over the weekend of the results of extensive filming during the 2023 season.

Watch: F1 | Official Trailer

As one might expect from a Joe Kosinski-Jerry Bruckheimer production, the two driving forces behind the acclaimed film Best Weapon: MaverickUtilising advanced camera and editing technology, the action footage looks stunning, making F1 stand out on the big screen.

The opening dialogue between Pitt’s main character Sonny Hayes and the as-yet-unnamed Kerry Condon will be more of a red flag for race fans, with Hayes declaring that APX GP should “build our cars for war.” Condon’s character, who appears to be some sort of technical director or chief designer, is met with safety concerns, to which Condon responds, “Who said anything about safety?”

While it’s only a small snippet of the work-in-progress film, it’s not the kind of dialogue that’ll reassure those longing for a real F1 movie, and die-hard F1 fans may want to manage their expectations for a racing version of the ‘old guy comes out of retirement to mentor rookie prodigy’ cliché in Maverick.

They will also be hoping to avoid drawing too many parallels with Bruckheimer’s first attempt at a racing film. Following the success of 1986’s Super weaponDirected by Tony Scott and co-produced by Bruckheimer, the duo later made Top Gun, a wheelhouse with Tom Cruise. Thunder DaysIt looks magnificent for its time but the subject is very weak.

Cars filmed for new F1 movie APEX starring Brad Pitt

Cars filmed for new F1 movie APEX starring Brad Pitt

Photo: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

But the film trailer has attracted a lot of attention, racking up four million views on F1’s official YouTube channel in just over 72 hours. This shows that the appetite is there, and the film is only just starting to get F1Using the official logo and all, it seems like the film was clearly designed as a marketing exercise to further the mainstream success from Netflix.

Making a film that appeals to both the masses and motorsport purists seems like an impossible task, and it’s understandable to focus on the masses rather than just talking nonsense.

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But there is no substitute for true, unfettered sporting drama, as Hamilton demonstrated in front of 164,000 fans on Sunday afternoon.

Fans should hope that F1’s real-life stories and Hamilton’s two decades of experience will inspire F1’s creative forces. F1 and added the promised realism to the script.