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Does Hamilton’s dramatic British GP win show the F1 film the way?

Actor Brad Pitt during filming for an upcoming movie

They often say reality trumps fiction and any sports fan can certainly attest to that, whether it’s Tiger Woods overcoming injury and personal turmoil to win his fifth Masters, Liverpool turning around a 3-0 half deficit to AC Milan to win the 2005 Champions League final, or the New England Patriots overturning a 25-point deficit to the Atlanta Falcons in the final quarter of the 2017 Super Bowl.

Formula 1 has also known its fair share of plot twists over the years, from Hamilton’s last-corner overtake that sealed the 2008 world title in Brazil, and a fresh-faced 18-year-old Max Verstappen winning on his Red Bull debut in 2016, to the controversial 2021 Abu Dhabi season finale where the pair concluded a vitriolic title fight in unprecedented fashion.

On Sunday a tearful Hamilton took his first victory in 945 days to seal a record ninth British Grand Prix win in front of an adoring home crowd, having answered his own existential questions on whether or not he was still good enough or would ever win again during the challenging dry spell that followed his crushing 2021 title loss.

It was genuine, high-octane sporting drama. Greatness, overcoming loss and self-doubt led to an emotional outburst that we had never seen before from F1’s most successful driver.

Actor Brad Pitt during filming for an upcoming movie

Photo by: Sam Bagnall / Motorsport Images

It is fitting that Hamilton’s latest entry into the history books came under the watchful eye of Hollywood’s great and good as filming resumed for F1, the upcoming movie starred by Brad Pitt, and co-produced by the seven-time world champion himself.

The film’s fictional APX GP team returned with a large paddock presence and shot various scenes on-site, such as Pitt and co-star Damson Idris mixing and mingling with F1’s media to shoot post-race interviews in the media pen.

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

Shooting footage at live F1 events, as well as bringing in Hamilton to provide input on the script, is an indication of the desire to make an immersive and authentic racing movie, which is a bit of a unicorn.

Over the weekend the movie, which is set for a June 2025 release, has also received a first teaser to show a glimpse of the results of all that extensive filming throughout the 2023 season.

Watch: F1 | Official Teaser

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