Mike Krack was happy to help Brad Pitt and his F1 film entourage at the United States Grand Prix – but admitted their visit to Aston Martin caused chaos.
The Hollywood star was in Austin on a fact-finding assignment for the film in which he will play a racer who returns from retirement to mentor a youngster and try his luck as a teammate.
Lewis Hamilton is involved in production and, along with his Mercedes boss Toto Wolff and F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, had dinner with Pitt on the eve of the Circuit of the Americas race weekend.
Pitt then met all 10 F1 team bosses and spent much of his time on the track in the Aston Martin garage – apart from when he exchanged a few reluctant words with Martin Brundle during the pre-race grid walk.
But at the same time Aston Martin Team director Krack wasn’t shy about giving the film’s staff access to find out what’s going on behind the scenes, he suggested they may have overstayed their welcome by a fraction. .
“They were with us for a very long time, much longer than expected,” Krack said, as quoted by Motorsport-magazin.com.
“To be honest, it even upset our schedule. We were a little stressed then!
After revealing team owner Lawrence Stroll “was also involved”, Krack is hopeful the project will be a big hit – with Hamilton saying he wants it to be “the best racing movie ever”.
“The producers are very serious and professional,” said the 50-year-old Luxembourger. “It’s very positive for the whole sport.
“We will support the project as much as we can and see how involved we are.
“Their goal is to make the best Formula 1 movie. I’m sure they can do that.
Some big names in the movie world have been enlisted, with director Joseph Kosinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer part of the team that made “Top Gun: Maverick.”
McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl said: “It will be a great thing, also for Formula 1. I think it’s supposed to go more in the sense of ‘Top Gun’, just with cars. We are pleased.”
Hamilton, meanwhile, is determined to keep the film as authentic as possible.
“It’s about showing people who may have never seen the sport how awesome it is,” said the former seven-time world champion.
“But we also want to make sure that we preserve the true legacy and spirit of racing in the film and in the script.”
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