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Lewis Hamilton had to turn down a role in Top Gun with Tom Cruise due to F1 commitments

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The seven-time world champion was offered a role as a driver, but Hamilton said he had to turn it down due to the scheduling conflict; “I’m a perfectionist. There just wasn’t the time,” Hamilton said

Last update: 08/08/22 23:59

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Tom Cruise and Lewis Hamilton are good friends but the Mercedes driver’s schedule kept them from teaming up on Top Gun

Lewis Hamilton says he had to turn down an offer to star as a fighter pilot in Tom Cruise’s hit film ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ due to his F1 commitments.

The seven-time world champion told Vanity Fair he was thrilled at the prospect of taking on a role, having been a huge fan of the original 1986 film ‘Top Gun’.

“Basically, I’m a friend of Tom [Cruise]”said the Mercedes driver. “One of the nicest people you’ve ever met. He invited me to his set years ago when he was doing “Edge of Tomorrow” and then we built a friendship over time.

“When I heard the second one was coming out, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I have to ask him.’ I said, ‘I don’t care what role it is. I’ll even sweep something, be a cleaner in the back,” he recalled.

Offered a role as a fighter pilot, Hamilton then realized there wouldn’t be enough time to fit it in alongside his meticulous preparation for the races. “I’m a perfectionist,” he said. 2There just wasn’t the time.”

He added that it was “the most upsetting call I think I’ve ever had”, turning down the offer.

Hamilton is however reuniting with Brad Pitt for a new Formula 1 film, with Hamilton acting as a producer on the project. The film is set to be helmed by Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski.

Lewis Hamilton eagerly awaits the prospect of making an F1 film alongside Brad Pitt

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Lewis Hamilton eagerly awaits the prospect of making an F1 film alongside Brad Pitt

Lewis Hamilton eagerly awaits the prospect of making an F1 film alongside Brad Pitt

The British racing driver also told Vanity Fair he was “still on a mission” when asked about his future.

“I would be lying if I said I hadn’t thought about extending,” he said. “I’m still on a mission, I still love driving, I’m still challenged. So I don’t really feel like I have to give it up anytime soon.”

The Mercedes driver has had to content himself with battling to be the best of the rest this season, with 2021 title rival Max Verstappen seemingly on track to retain his crown.

After the Hungarian GP, ​​Hamilton said he felt really excited about the second half of the season

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After the Hungarian GP, ​​Hamilton said he felt really excited about the second half of the season

After the Hungarian GP, ​​Hamilton said he felt really excited about the second half of the season

Hamilton won six Drivers’ Championships in seven years between 2014 and 2020 after winning his first title with McLaren in 2008.

He signed a new two-year contract with Mercedes last year, tying him to the team until the end of next year.

Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel announced his retirement on the eve of the race, but Hamilton did not consider stepping back himself.

“It doesn’t make me think about my future, but it reminds me that I’m in this part of my career that the people I’ve been inventing and racing with for so long will start to stop,” said he declared.

“Before you know it, Fernando Alonso won’t be here, and then who’s there after that? I guess I’ll be the oldest.

“But I’m thinking about how I can improve this car, what steps we need to take to make this team win again, what is the roadmap to winning another world championship and what we need to do to make everything the world to be more active in this sport aligned, in terms of diversity.

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