Hamilton plans diverse cast for film to show ‘what F1 should be in the future’ · RaceFans

In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton reveals more of his plans for the forthcoming Formula 1 feature film he is working on with Brad Pitt and others.

In brief

Hamilton looking for diverse grid in his F1 film

Lewis Hamilton has provided an update about the Formula 1-themed film he is working on, in which Pitt will play the lead role of an driver towards the end of their F1 career.

“We’re going through a process right now of selecting the character that will be alongside Brad, which is exciting,” Hamilton told media including RaceFans at Mercedes’ 2023 F1 car launch.

“Basically that’s the process of watching them. They will send in a video. We have recordings of them doing certain scenes, and we go through it. I’ve sat in the office with Jerry [Bruckheimer, producer] and Joe [Kosinski, director] and Brad, and have been watching them and kind of giving our inputs and what we think.

“My job, and I think responsibility, is to make sure it is diverse. I want to make the movie in terms of like having diversity and representation, I want it to be as F1 should be in the future, or should be now, but will be in the future. So I want to see female mechanics. I would love to see a female driver.”

Pirelli nominate compounds for opening races

Pirelli has announced its tyre nominations for the first three grands prix of 2023, and its new compound will make its first appearance at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

The C1, C2 and C3 compounds will be taken to Bahrain, with the C1 being the new tyre to teams. The previous-spec C1 will now be known as the C0, but will not be used at any of the first three races.

For Jeddah, the C2, C3 and C4 will be used, and the same selection will be available in Melbourne. The softest compound in each instance (the C3 for Bahrain and C4 for the next two races) will be the qualifying tyre.

Kanaan announces IndyCar retirement

Kanaan is taking one last shot at the Indianapolis 500

Tony Kanaan announced yesterday that this year’s Indianapolis 500 will be his final start in the race, and therefore his last race in IndyCar.

The 48-year-old was IndyCar champion in 2004, and his Indy 500 record includes pole position in 2005, victory in 2013 and four other podium finishes including with Chip Ganassi Racing last year.

For this year’s Indy 500 he will drive McLaren’s fourth car.

Verschoor and Saucy top second day of F2 and F3 testing

Formula 2 and Formula 3 continued their pre-season tests at Bahrain on Wednesday, with each getting two sessions.

F3 kicked off the day’s action, and ART’s Gregoire Saucy picked up from where he left off the day before by going fastest.

He headed Prema’s Dino Beganovic and Hitech GP’s new Alpine junior Gabriele Mini, who then went fastest in the afternoon by just 0.036 seconds to prevent Saucy from topping all four sessions that have been held in testing so far. Saucy also caused a red flag stoppage during the afternoon after his car stopped on track.

The F2 field occupied the track between the two F3 sessions. Prema’s Frederik Vesti dominated by going 1.947s faster than anyone else. Ralph Boschung only did a handful of laps but ended up second fastest, ahead of Arthur Leclerc and ART GP’s Theo Pourchaire, who brought out red flags with an on-track incident.

The pace was faster when F2 returned to track late in the day in cooler conditions, and Van Amersfoort Racing’s Richard Verschoor pipped Pourchaire’s team mate Victor Martins to the top spot by 0.08s.

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