The Hollywood superstar was the 21st driver in a pre-race starting grid at Silverstone, as part of his upcoming Formula 1 movie.

Lewis Hamilton is a co-producer of the movie which doesn’t have a title yet.

Pitt, 59, whose character is called Sonny Hayes, has been behind the wheel of his APXGP - which is, in reality, an F2 car modified by Mercedes to look like a modern F1 car.

No footage of Pitt in his APXGP car was broadcast via Sky Sports or Channel 4, to keep a degree of secrecy for the movie.

Pitt's car is an F2 machine which Mercedes helped to resemble a modern Formula 1 car.

The actor has driven it on the Silverstone track over the British Grand Prix weekend, using the live crowd as extras in the movie.