In the round-up: The strike which delayed work on many films including Lewis Hamilton’s forthcoming feature about Formula 1 has finished, but the driver admits it has had a significant impact.
Hamilton expects 2025 release date for F1 film
Seven-times world champion Hamilton said his film, which stars Brad Pitt, won’t reach cinemas until 2025 at the earliest following the disruption caused by a strike earlier this year. Members of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists voted earlier this week to agree a deal with studios after ending their strike.
There have been multiple setbacks for the F1 film, on which Hamilton is a co-producer. Plans to film a scene at the Las Vegas Grand Prix had to be scrapped. The prolonged production schedule means more filming will now take place through the 2024 F1 season.
Hamilton said the completed film will appear “probably early 2025, I would imagine, with the post-work they’d have to do. So it’s been delayed a lot.”
F1 teams to spend less time on grid
The earlier pre-race pit lane opening time which was introduced this year to allow driver introductions to take place at some rounds will be reverted. Drivers will now arrive on the grid 40 minutes prior to the start instead of 50.
Bridgestone signs Formula E tyre supply deal
At the WMSC meeting it was also decided that Formula E will switch tyre supplier from Hankook to Bridgestone in 2026. Spark Racing Technology is to continue as the chassis supplier and will be responsible for the fourth-generation car to be introduced that year.
FE champion Dennis confirms Andretti stay
Reigning FE champion Jake Dennis has extended his contract with Andretti Global to keep himself in the championship for several more years.
Dennis has already spent three seasons with Andretti, and claimed the 2023 title by taking two wins and nine other podiums from a 16-race campaign. His existing contract already included the 2024 season so he could defend his crown, and now he has tied himself to the team for 2025 and beyond.
“I began my FE journey with Andretti, and I’m excited to continue working with the team that has supported my career in this series,” said Dennis. “I’ve got immense respect for this team, and it will be an honour to continue as a driver for Andretti Global.”
He is also a development driver for Red Bull in F1, which Andretti intends to join from 2025.
Schumacher concludes Pirelli’s final F1 test of 2023
Mick Schumacher completed two days of running in Mercedes’ 2023 car as Pirelli’s final F1 tyre test of 2023 came to an end on Wednesday.
The test took place in cold, wet conditions, meaning Schumacher spent the day on intermediate and wet compounds. He matched his Tuesday tally of 90 laps, and his fastest lap on the full wet tyres was a 1’37.893, four seconds faster than the day before.
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