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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton: Brad Pitt film will expose more people to 'F1 bug'

The big budget film featuring Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt is now expected for a 2025 release following delays.

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Lewis Hamilton is confident that the upcoming Brad Pitt film will be able to expose more fans into catching the Formula 1 "bug."

The film staring the likes of Pitt, Damson Idris, Tobias Menzies and Javier Bardem is currently in development, with filming having taken place at Grands Prix during the 2023 season, including at the British GP.

Pitt and Idris took part in half of the formation lap at Silverstone to capture footage for the as-yet-untitled film, which Hamilton is acting as a producer with Top Gun: Maverick director Thomas Kosinski and Jerry Bruckheimer also involved.

A release date of early 2025 has been touted after delays in production due to the Hollywood strikes, but Hamilton is sure that the exposure of the film, coupled with the increased presence of F1 in the United States will contribute to more fans 'getting' F1.

Hamilton on Brad Pitt film

"The movie is a huge step in that direction of broadening the horizon," Hamilton told media including RacingNews365.

"I think that's really part of the new leadership, with Liberty, with the great work that Stefano [Domenicali] and [Liberty Media CEO] Greg [Maffei] are doing in being open to trying new things.

"The fact that we're allowed to do this movie, and have the concessions in terms of allowing an extra team being on track and filming with these film stars is… it's never been done before.

"It's great that we are embarking on things that we've never done before, and I think honestly, I really think they're doing an amazing job.

"There [was] a huge spotlight on Vegas, which will play an important part of our movie also, which we’re really just working as hard as we can to make sure that it's a true reflection of this legendary sport. Both the old and the new.

"Also with Miami, we've got these great cities here, with amazing fan bases in each of them, all providing a different atmosphere.

"I always felt that we needed more than one race [in the United States] because the complaint was always people having to get up at 4am or 5am or something, in the middle of the night to watch a Grand Prix. So, it's really difficult to get into it.

"Then also, it's only coming to the country once a year, so I think this is really enabling it to be something with a buzz that's continuing.

"But we do have to continue to grow, and I think the movie particularly is going to help do that.

"It is the only truly international or global sport, and so we need to educate more and more people in it. There are still many people out there we’ve got to get to catch the bug, and there's plenty of growing to do."

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