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Hollywood movie star Tom Cruise has jumped behind the wheel of a Red Bull Racing Formula One car during the F1 championship’s mid-season break.

With a steely, determined under-helmet expression reminiscent of Mark Webber and a shaggy hairstyle like world champion Sebastian Vettel, the 49-year-old Mission: Impossible actor reportedly fitted right in during the one-off test day earlier this month.

Under the guidance of 13-time grand prix winner and former Red Bull driver, David Coulthard, Cruise completed 24 laps of the Willow Springs race circuit in Rosamond, California across a seven-hour session.

Cruise started the day in a passenger car with Coulthard to familiarise himself with the racing lines before jumping behind the wheel. Throughout the day the team analysed his telemetry, and between lap one and lap 24, he improved his time by 11 seconds.

Cruise, who momentarily held the fastest lap time around the Top Gear test track, hit a top speed of 291km/h in the Red Bull Racing car, just 7km/h shy of Coulthard’s top speed at the track.

“Tom’s the real deal. I was surprised that he picked it up so quickly and is such an accomplished driver,” Coulthard said.

“His recall was incredible considering how complicated driving an F1 car is. He’s a guy who really pushes the envelope in real life. This day was not green screened. He thoroughly impressed me.”

Formula One returns to the US after a four-year layoff in 2012 with the United States Grand Prix in Texas. The teams will be back in action this weekend in Belgium.


  • Charger

    Im not a big Fan of Tom Cruise but thats a pretty impressive achievement to do that well in a F1 Car mabye he will be inspired to do a Decent F1 Movie?

    • Luke

      Stay tuned as Ron Howard has announced an F1 themed film tracking the rivalry of James Hunt and Nelson Piquet’s rivalry from the seventies. Aussie actor Liam Hemsworth has been confirmed for the role of Hunt. Should be a corker given Howard’s directorial track record (pardon the pun).

    • Jerrycan

      First of all it is not possible to make a good F1 movie, because F1 is so booooring! Like watching scalextrics slot cars.
      Second, his track record for car racing films is abysmal.
      ‘Days of Thunder’ was pathetic.
      The guys who change the tyres would make more interesting subject matter, and they have more influence on race results.

      • Luke

        Mate, Days of Thunder was a Tony Scott film, and while pathetic was a lot of fun!

        “Just a little rubbin’ Harry, rubbin’s racing!”

      • A-Train

        car racing films abysmal???

        talledega nights.

        end of.

        ps – tom cruise is the greatest man ever invented.

      • SpoonSV

        Me thinks Jerrycan needs a life . . . or girlfriend.
        sheesh!!

  • Harry

    1.1:42.2 – Rowan Atkinson
    2.1:42.8 – John Bishop
    3.1:43.5 – Ross Noble
    4.1:44.2 – Tom Cruise

    Bring on Mr Bean

    • Yeti Man

      Mr Bean crashed his F1 McLaren.

      • Ben

        Yes he did. When I read that he crashed (again.. didn’t he crash it before too). I recalled earlier a comment made on TG, that the F1 McLaren, while it is fast, was a real handful.

        You would have to say Mr Bean is full of beans and really pushes it. 2 seconds faster is some effort.