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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton: F1's 'old management' an obstacle for APX GP film

Filming for the untitled F1 film starring Brad Pitt has commenced at the British Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton believes the Formula 1 film starring Brad Pitt would not have been possible under "the old management".

Liberty Media completed its acquisition of F1's commercial rights in early 2017, and has since presided over significant growth for the series in the last few years.

This has largely been attributed to the Netflix documentary series Drive to Survive, which is credited with bringing F1 to new audiences.

The next step is the release of the Apple original film starring Pitt, which has begun filming at the British Grand Prix.

Hamilton is a consultant on the production and told media, including RacingNews365.com: "I've been incredibly grateful to them [F1 and Liberty Media], I don't know if this would've been possible 10-plus years ago with the old management in place.

"We’ve already seen the great work and impact of the Netflix show and I think this will take it to new heights beyond that."

Hamilton: Footage will be incredible

Filming has already commenced with a fictional 11th team known as 'APX GP' setting up in one of the garages, while both modified F2 cars have taken to the track on Thursday.

Hamilton explained the importance of authenticity in the movie and how he is working with director Joseph Kosinski to ensure that everything is faithful to reality.

"I've seen all the footage of camera positions [we will use]," added Hamilton.

"I've spent time with Joe trying to make sure we've got the best positions, he is an incredible director.

"You already saw what he's done with fighter jets, what he did with [Top Gun] Maverick, so if you just think about what he's done with that in terms of the dogfights we saw on those jets, which was pretty epic."

The seven-time world champion noted how excited he is about the film bringing F1 to new audiences, utilising proper footage from races with drivers from the current grid.

"There’s so many people around the world that are so excited about this sport, wanting to learn more. The fact that we'll have all the original characters that are actually on the grid, and then Brad [Pitt], is pretty cool!"

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