F1 News: Lewis Hamilton Comments On His Upcoming Film – “Best Racing Movie That’s Ever Existed”
Lewis Hamilton has commented on the upcoming F1 film starring Brad Pitt after it was revealed yesterday that the Mercedes driver has started his own production company, Dawn Apollo Films. The company is also involved in the 7-time world champion’s documentary that is set to be released late 2023.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, is also investing in these movies through Apple TV, and he was seen at the Austin Grand Prix waving the checkered flag alongside Brad Pitt who was there doing research. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Joseph Kosinski were also there with screenwriter Ehren Kruger to keep up with Hamilton after the success of Top Gun: Maverick which they also created.
Hamilton was asked about the upcoming film by Motorsport.com:
“I mean, what we’ve able to so far put together team-wise is pretty incredible.
“I’ve got Tim Cook here this weekend, which is such an honour to have him with us, him and his team have been so supportive, with supporting my documentary, and also green lighting this movie.
“And then having Brad, a legend, and you’ve got Jerry, who really is an incredible legend, he did Top Gun the original. And Joe is such a huge talent as a director.
“I have such high hopes for it. I know we’re going to make the best racing movie that’s ever existed, both visually and we’re going to work on making sure we pull on the heartstrings of all those fans.”
On the Thursday before the race, the British racing driver joined those developing the film in a restaurant with his parents as well as Mercedes chief Toto Wolff. The following day, they ran a presentation to other team principals on the grid to discuss the film in more detail.
Alfa Romeo boss Fred Vasseur felt positive about the effect the film will have on the sport:
”I think that we don’t have to consider the position of every single team in this kind of project,” Vasseur told Motorsport.com.
“For me, it could be a mega step forward for F1 in general. As Netflix did a couple of years ago that for sure then it’s relative to the team, you speak about one team, or you have footage about one team.
“But overall, I think that it’s good for F1 and it’s a mega project, and we will all support the project for sure.”
Haas team principal Gunther Steiner also commented on this, highlighting the technology they’re using to produce such a film:
“I was particularly impressed by the technology they showed us.
“They used it to do Maverick, I didn’t know that this existed, so I think they are the best out there at the moment to do something like this.
“As Fred said, it’s the best for F1. It’s very good, doing things like this with this calibre of people, and I think there’s no negatives, there’s just positives. So I think it’s fantastic.”
Mike Krack of Aston Martin also noted that his team will be supporting the production of the film, but joked about the length of the meeting:
“We had them here with us. Lawrence [Stroll] was involved. It went quite long, actually longer than I was anticipating, we went a bit into scheduling trouble afterwards!
“It was very, very positive. And we will support the project as much as we can, and we have to see how much is our involvement.”