F1 Movie Teaser: What are we in for in the Brad Pitt racing film?

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A brand new movie set in Formula One is coming in summer of 2025, starring Brad Pitt. The first teaser to the simply-titled 'F1' gives a taste of what awaits.

There is no denying that Formula One has risen to an even bigger worldwide popularity than it already had in the last few years. The 'Drive to Survive' docuseries is often given credit for getting new fans into the sport, and the upcoming movie - simly titled 'F1' - is another testament to this.

Starring Brad Pitt, the film is set to debut on June 25, 2025 (June 27 in the US). Its plot outline is told rather swiftly: Pitt's character Sonny Hayes, who raced in F1 in the 1990s but retired after a major crash, is asked to come back to mentor Joshua Pearce (played by Damson Idris) at the Apex Grand Prix Team. So far, so similar to the Silvester Stallone arc of Joe Tanto coming out of retirement to mentor Jimmy Bly in 2001's CART movie 'Driven' - which is not exactly the second coming of 1966's 'Grand Prix', to put it mildly.

Assuming that Hayes last raced in F1 in 1999 and the movie is set in 2025 indeed, he would make his comeback after 26 years away from the sport. If that seems a bit excessive to you, we do not blame you. For reference, the record of the longest gap between Grand Prix starts is held by Jan Lammers at slightly over 10 years. The Dutchman had raced in his home Grand Prix for Theodore in 1982, getting his final shot at F1 for the final rounds of the 1992 season with the struggling March team.


"Who said anything about safe?"​

Anyway, eyebrow-raising statistics aside, let's look at what the teaser actually showed us. 'F1' scenes have been shot at actual races in 2023, and with the actual Formula One backing the film, all the teams, drivers and other personnel fans already know are there. Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, the Hungaroring and Monza feature prominently in the teaser, mostly in the driving scenes. We have to say: The wide-angle onboard shots do look cool, as they give an increased sense of speed.

The teaser does not give away much regarding the storyline, only really touching upon it at the very start. Pitt's character lists Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes, Aston Martin, and McLaren as having "the speed on the straights." APXGP's shot: "We need to build a car for combat" to take it to the competition in the turns. Hayes' cheesy reply to what we can only assume to be the constructor of the car (played by Kerry Condon) wondering how to make that safe is "Who said anything about safe?"

No further dialogue features in the teaser, but we are treated to Queen's 'We Will Rock You' instead. Shots alternate between the pit crews, Hayes getting ready to get in the car on the grid, crews on the pit wall (including a Günther Steiner cameo in which he gets flipped the bird), and on-track action.


Story Does Not Seem To Be A Strength​

And let's face it: The latter is most likely the most important aspect, at least to racing fans. Sure, a good plot adds to any film, but 1971's 'Le Mans' - generally regarded as one of the greatest racing movies ever made - hardly has any. Aside from the race itself, that is. And personally, the story in the aforementioned 'Grand Prix' is not exactly why I rewatch that movie from time to time - it is all about the portrayal of the racing itself.

Judging from the scenes in the teaser, this could be 'F1's strength. The camera angles used for the on-track clips pulls the viewer in to be in the middle of the action, without any overdone effects that we could spot in this teaser, anyway. Since F1 supports the film, we should assume that they would want a decent portrayal of their own series on the big screen - whether or not that is actually the case, we will see once more teasers and trailers of the film are published leading up to its premiere.

What are your first impressions of the 'F1' movie teaser? Are you looking forward to the film? Let us know on Twitter @OverTake_gg or in the comments below!
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So, did we get over about all the nerdy nitpicks about stuff that only hardcore racing fans know or care about?

I think F1 is again reeping massive rewards from this free advertisement. Hell i wish there was a proper European flavour movie about motoGP. And yes, i dont care if they would snap another gear, twist the throttle more to pass someone, as long as it was well shot, had compelling characters, some gorgeous bikes, beautifull grid girls, and some nice music montages, if thats the artistic vision. Or something more "grand prix" like, why not, the solitude with just the sound of the engine, the scenary passing by like a blur...

People nitpick too much, these are movies, not documentaries. Plus, who wants to see the massive excitement of a DRS pass on film... i rather have the 10 gear mitsubishi eclipse from F&F at that point...
 
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I have hope and a good feeling about it since people like Lewis are helping and are there as executive's to make sure its done right. I hope.. Also Brad Pitt has been one of my top 5 Actors as far back as I can remember. 90s at least. He's in 8 of my personal Top 20 all time favorite movies. So my hopes are high, but..

Having said that..

I get we'll get a classic cheese movie script. I just hope its more Top Gun 1 and less Top Gun 2. That should make sense to those of us who had high hopes with TG2 only for its be just "Ughh GOD.. damnit!".. after years of a intense love for TG1. TG2 was just a god damn money grab and nothing but god damn rehashed old ideas and literally nothing new at all. Pissed me off so badly. So IF its a fresh'ish take of the Classic Cheese Movie Script like a lot have done well, awesome! I can't wait. From the scenes we've seen, it looks good. What I've read and heard about from behind the scenes, sounds awesome. But if its just another rehashed bullshit dur dur dur lets make some moneyyyyyyy script I won't be surprised but I will be extremely sad. I'll wait until I see it which I will in theaters. Unless they do a "Prime Rent Deal" where it drops on Prime to rent like a week later. I have hope though. But I'm not gonna count down the days until it releases either.
 
Didn't I just see this same movie recently? You know, the one about a young guy in a Nissan making his way from sim racing to real racing. This film really couldn’t have come at a worse time for me. As an elder statesman (+40), I was hoping for a movie in the style of Grand Prix, where clashing egos reveal the gritty reality of Formula 1. But no, we get Gran Turismo or Driven (a carbon copy of Days of Thunder, but with Indy mods). I get that it’s a big effort and all, but rehashing the same formula again and again is yawn-inducing. We all know the ending: the young guy wins the championship, gets the prettiest girl in the paddock, and old Pitt gives him a knowing wink. It’s a real drag track… linear and devoid of surprises. Just energy fueled by special effects and CGI. How riveting.

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That's not inclusivist enough,what about he wins the championship, gets the prettiest boy in the paddock can afford the trans op so he can compete in the revamped W series.
I'd rather see them build their car, and a training montage of Brad Pitt getting back into shape and all that, and then they don't win anything because they can't compete with Red Bull and McLaren :)
 
As an elder statesman (+40), I was hoping for a movie in the style of Grand Prix, where clashing egos reveal the gritty reality of Formula 1. But no, we get Gran Turismo or Driven (a carbon copy of Days of Thunder, but with Indy mods).
I'm not sure people writing stuff like this have ever bothered to watch the non-racing footage bits of Grand Prix. You really want a film about the WAGS of F1 drivers sleeping around?
 
I'm not sure people writing stuff like this have ever bothered to watch the non-racing footage bits of Grand Prix. You really want a film about the WAGS of F1 drivers sleeping around?
No one watches that movie for the plot. It's all about the amazing racing scenes. As I wrote above, people who don't like racing find Grand Prix very dull. Race fans love it.

That's the problem of a racing movie: you want to interest the general public, which automatically means taking many liberties with real events. Ford V Ferrari is an excellent example of a movie that was popular with the public because it simplified a more complex story by portraying real people as either "heroes" (Miles, Shelby, Iacocca) or "vilains" (all Italians), often by turning them into caricatures (like Leo Beebe, a Ford executive, who is the "vilain" at Ford, even though he was not like that at all in real life.)

Look at Drive to Survive: why is it popular? Because it focuses on the human drama and doesn't really care about the technical aspect of racing. If the show was about how the Mercedes front wing was designed or how the Renault PU is weaker than the Mercedes PU, no one would care except hardcore race fans.

Considering the cost of making a movie about racing, producers have to reach a very wide audience. And what does an audience care about? Characters. Not machines. Not strategy.
 
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Relevant to this post... The Race did a breakdown of the trailer... here you go:

 
You're right! I missed that at the first view. I guess that's the "Who said anything about safe?" part... :roflmao:
Think of similar fubars in Space Movies. Astronaut's helmets are lit up from the inside so we the audience can see the face within the big bulky helmet. Never mind interior lighting like that would cause so much glare on the faceplate that the person could not see any thing.
 
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No one watches that movie for the plot. It's all about the amazing racing scenes. As I wrote above, people who don't like racing find Grand Prix very dull. Race fans love it.

That's the problem of a racing movie: you want to interest the general public, which automatically means taking many liberties with real events. Ford V Ferrari is an excellent example of a movie that was popular with the public because it simplified a more complex story by portraying real people as either "heroes" (Miles, Shelby, Iacocca) or "vilains" (all Italians), often by turning them into caricatures (like Leo Beebe, a Ford executive, who is the "vilain" at Ford, even though he was not like that at all in real life.)

Look at Drive to Survive: why is it popular? Because it focuses on the human drama and doesn't really care about the technical aspect of racing. If the show was about how the Mercedes front wing was designed or how the Renault PU is weaker than the Mercedes PU, no one would care except hardcore race fans.

Considering the cost of making a movie about racing, producers have to reach a very wide audience. And what does an audience care about? Characters. Not machines. Not strategy.
Maybe it's just me, but I generally (always?) hate films and programmes that the great public masses enjoy, especially the 'blockbuster' stuff and er, the 'modern society' stuff.
 

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