Silverstone, renowned as the host of the British Grand Prix, is discreetly situated behind the A43 dual carriageway. If you’ve ever visited the Silverstone race circuit, you might have noticed that only a few modest signs indicate its presence along the roadside. Prior to the construction of the by-pass, attendees of the annual event had to traverse the Silverstone village, a picturesque and quintessentially British settlement. The village exudes a tranquil ambiance, boasting charming English cottages nestled amidst the vast and picturesque Northamptonshire countryside.
With a population of merely 2,541 residents, the village no longer experiences the incessant flow of traffic seeking a shortcut to the circuit. As a result, it has been freed from the bustling commotion that used to disrupt its serenity. That serenity was metaphorically disrupted as Hollywood descended upon the circuit, accompanied by the presence of superstar actor Brad Pitt.
Pitt’s visit to Silverstone was part of the filming process for his upcoming F1 movie, where he not only stars as the lead driver, Sonny Hayes, but also co-produces the film alongside Lewis Hamilton. The fictional team, APX GP features their distinctive F1 car adorned with the APX GP branding, while a dedicated pit crew supports Hayes in his quest for glory on the silver screen.
The narrative unfolds with Sonny Hayes, nearing the end of his illustrious F1 career, making a triumphant comeback to the sport after a hiatus, determined to embark on one last extraordinary season. If it all sounds a bit too Hollywood for you then, apparently the story is linked closely to that of Lewis Hamiltons F1 journey.
Anyway, Silverstone may not be the first location that comes to mind when thinking of Brad Pitt, but we can certainly hope that the movie being filmed there turns out to be exceptional. Interestingly, Sylvester Stallone had expressed interest in creating an F1 movie during the 1990s. However, he ultimately abandoned the idea and instead opted to make a film centered around the Indycar Racing series.
Driven was a terrible movie, let’s remain optimistic and hope that Pitt’s upcoming, yet-to-be-titled movie delivers an experience better than the one Stallone released all those years ago.