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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I have never watched that, nor Talledega Nights...most racing movies actually. Le Mans, Grand Prix, and The Art of Racing in the Rain...even though that one didn't have much racing.
 
I have never watched that, nor Talledega Nights...most racing movies actually. Le Mans, Grand Prix, and The Art of Racing in the Rain...even though that one didn't have much racing.
Talladega Nights has some hilarious moments, although like most Will Ferrell/Adam McKay comedies, it too often feels like they’re doing the movie to amuse themselves more than the audience.
 
I've always believed Hollywood are a bunch of intellectually challenged alcohol/drug addicts & this trailer confirms it. Even with Lewis Hamilton they can not produce a believable script.
If I was F1, I would give access to some Spanish or French movie producer, I bet with 2-3 mln they'll create a fantastic movie.
 
I mean, that's what they did with the Han Solo movie but that didn't work out so great. It's never that simple.
Ron Howard's work on Han Dolo was great imo, a true classic filming lesson. For sure the 3D didn't work at all as this classic way suits more to ED projection. It was just showing how good 2D action movies still look when done right. And this is the only quality of the movie, as the bad story, in the now traditional modern Disney's style, just fully destroys the movie.

Rush isn't a movie about racing and this is why it is a good one. The racing scenes aren't impressive at all, they are just serviceable for the story. I didn't really like the movie the first time I watched it because I was expecting more of the racing scenes and felt something was exaggerated. Then Lauda's interview about his input on the movie and about himself just convinced me to watch it again with another look. It is a good movie about rivalry, respect and friendship, in a really good classical way. Racing is a context not a proper movie subject ; there's no plot, you race you win or you lose, and it is better to watch real races.

I may suggest Bobby Deerfield with Al Pacino although, if I remember well, the movie is quiet depressing.

About this new F1 movie, everything that can be expected has already been stated. I just watched Driven's trailers, they are 10 times better than this one. I didn't remember those crashes in the movie, these were impressive shots and not CGI. I must admit I forgot almost everything about that movie after having watched it in a theatre. Maybe the first time you couldn't trust a stallone movie anymore...
 
I've always believed Hollywood are a bunch of intellectually challenged alcohol/drug addicts & this trailer confirms it. Even with Lewis Hamilton they can not produce a believable script.
If I was F1, I would give access to some Spanish or French movie producer, I bet with 2-3 mln they'll create a fantastic movie.
Well to be fair the French and Spanish producers are alcohol & drug addicts too. And this is an Apple movie, not a Hollywood one. It is just an answer to Netflix's success with the F1 documentary series. You got F1? Now we bring F1 and Brad Pitt together! This is just about that, nothing more, and F1 being one of the most popular sports on the planet, the F1 official support is just a really good operation, commercially and financially. Brad Pitt went into the project probably just for.the fun of driving an F1 car.
 
Apple Studios is in LA! I doubt the French/Spanish are as low as Hollywood, you need money to buy all that cocaine!
The Indie producers don't have money & need imagination/creativity, they need to work hard. Now this movie has the budget of Haas or Williams for 2 full seasons & yet they produce absolute utter garbage even in the trailer.
Btw, running the F2 car is VERY cheap. A season costs so much bcs of the FOM fees, the cars at 95% as driven by gentlemen drivers are bulletproof & all the running wouldn't cost more than a million. A day of running for a gentlemen is 15k or even less. Jackermaier has one of these old cars & races it with his son.
 
Apple Studios is in LA! I doubt the French/Spanish are as low as Hollywood, you need money to buy all that cocaine!
The Indie producers don't have money & need imagination/creativity, they need to work hard. Now this movie has the budget of Haas or Williams for 2 full seasons & yet they produce absolute utter garbage even in the trailer.
Btw, running the F2 car is VERY cheap. A season costs so much bcs of the FOM fees, the cars at 95% as driven by gentlemen drivers are bulletproof & all the running wouldn't cost more than a million. A day of running for a gentlemen is 15k or even less. Jackermaier has one of these old cars & races it with his son.
Well, you have a high esteem of the subsidized European producers, who sell movies to their channels' alcool / drug addict friends (I won't go to a full explanation of the system). The financial thing is not about renting a car, it is about cameras, movie teams planning, drivers, actors' insurances... When you get the F1 official support, it is a whole other world, we are speaking of saving at least several hundred thousands of euros. For a stupid movie for Apple, it is a lot of money.
 
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LOL, you don't get it just like the Hollywood guys. You get the cameras from FOM, they got them all from all kind of places & angles! You got the drivers on bargain, there are tons of drivers capable to drive F2 cars at 95% and would agree for 5-10k per day. In fact, many would do it almost for free. The cars with all the cameras & bodywork are what? 250k? Insurance would be free if you put a sticker on the cars, you're not racing on the limit, but under the limit. They can hire King Mahaveer & he'll do a fine job!
It's the script that matters, not the technicalities that can baloon the budget to 300 mln! The script, the dialog, it's total garbage. Driven 2.0.
 
Turns out movies about racing generate even more pessimism around here than games about racing. Impressive. Seems like this movie has the potential to be fun and entertaining for a Hollywood take on racing, assuming the viewer does not go in expecting a documentary or otherwise precise and accurate take on F1. The fact they've invested all this effort into capturing real driving footage and real race weekend atmosphere bodes well compared to many movies before it. Look how real cockpit footage turned out for the second Top Gun movie. Realistic? Mostly a solid "hell no." Storyline? Preposterous to the fullest. Entertaining and fun to watch? Absolutely.

The glass can most definitely be considered half-full.
 

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