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Toto Wolff

Wolff reveals Mercedes role in 'APX GP' F1 film

The Silver Arrows have been heavily involved in the production of the fictional team.

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Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff has revealed the Silver Arrows' role in assisting the production of the untiled F1 film starring Brad Pitt.

The fictional APX GP outfit has been given a garage alongside Mercedes and Ferrari, with two cars taking to the track between sessions as filming commences across the British Grand Prix weekend.

Lewis Hamilton is involved as Executive Producer, with his Dawn Apollo Films production company overseeing the project, which is directed by Top Gun: Maverick's Joe Kosinski.

Hype surrounding the project has increased with Pitt and co-star Damson Idris in attendance for the shoot, but for Mercedes - through Hamilton - there has been a huge amount of involvement from the very start.

We had a few laughs

"We’ve been involved [since] pretty early [on]," Wolff told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"When we had the first discussions, we sent Brad to a driving school in France, going through the Formula cars from F4 all the way up and we tried to be helpful with the narrative.

"Lewis is an executive producer, so he wanted to make sure when the movie comes out, it’s as realistic as possible.

"We've had a few laughs but I think it’s a very good narrative, and the effort they’ve put in, we helped them to use an F2 car and build the bodywork around it that looks like an F1 car.

"Then the garages and the pit wall, all of it, we tried to be helpful and give them the designs so they could be as realistic as possible. You see now, that is such an effort.

"I spoke to the director a few weeks ago and said: 'Where are you?' expecting him to tell me he’s in Hollywood. But he said: 'I’m in my apartment in Brackley,' so it’s not all great with being a movie director.

"When you go in the garage and the whole set-up they have behind it, really unbelievable."

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