British Grand Prix: How to watch on UK TV as Brad Pitt and Damien Lewis set to appear

The Hollywood actor will be involved in the 2023 racing event at Silverstone

TOPSHOT - Race winner Ferrari's Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr celebrates after the Formula One British Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England on July 3, 2022. (Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
Ferrari's Spanish driver Carlos Sainz won the Formula One British Grand Prix 2022. (AFP via Getty Images)

Damian Lewis has been chosen to perform the national anthem during the Formula 1 British Grand Prix 2023.

The annual event at Silverstone race course in Northamptonshire, England is due to take place between Friday, 7 July and Sunday, 9 July.

This year the racing event will feature performances from Homeland star Lewis, as well as Calvin Harris, Jess Glynne, Cat Burns, Black Eyed Peas and Tom Grennan.

Read more: F1 schedule 2023: Dates and locations for all 23 races, including the British Grand Prix

And Hollywood star Brad Pitt will even be on the race track during this year's event.

How can you watch the Grand Prix?

The F1 British Grand Prix is available to watch free on terrestrial television.

Sky Sports became the official broadcaster of Formula One racing in 2019, with the exception of the British Grand Prix, which also airs on Channel 4.

It will air live on Channel 4 on Friday, 7 July from 12.25pm to 135pm, and 3.55pm to 5.30pm.

On Saturday 8, July coverage will begin from 11.15am

And on Sunday the Grand Prix build-up will be broadcast live from 1.30pm.

Who is performing?

Damian Lewis attends the 2023 BAFTA Television Awards with P&O Cruises at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Damian Lewis will sing the national anthem at the British Grand Prix 2023. (Getty Images)

Damian Lewis, 52, released his debut album Mission Creep earlier this year. The Billions star and his band will open the grid ceremony on Sunday and then perform the nation anthem.

Lewis said: “Never in a million years did I think I’d be singing the national anthem or playing a gig with my band at the British Grand Prix.

“It’s so special, with a unique festival atmosphere and I’m honoured to have been asked.”

Read more: Damian Lewis ‘honoured’ to open British Grand Prix

For the first time, the 2023 British Grand Prix will officially open with a Thursday night show headlined by British musicians Calvin Harris, Jess Glynne and Cat Burns.

Cat Burns performs at Chepstow Racecourse on July 02, 2023 in Chepstow, Wales. (Photo by Mike Lewis Photography/Redferns)
Cat Burns is also among the the stars performing at the British Grand Prix 2023. (Getty Images)

Jax Jones will perform on Friday and Black Eyed Peas will headline on Saturday.

Following Lewis's performance in the racing paddock on Sunday, Tom Grennan will also be doing a set at the music arena.

What is Brad Pitt doing there?

(L-R) US film producer Jerry Bruckheimer, US actor Brad Pitt and US film director Joseph Kosinski await the start of the Formula One United States Grand Prix, at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on October 23, 2022. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)
Film producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Brad Pitt and director Joseph Kosinski await the start of the Formula One United States Grand Prix. (AFP via Getty Images)

The Hollywood star is filming scenes for a new movie about Formula 1 racing on the Silverstone racetrack during the 2023 British Grand Prix event.

Pitt will be behind the wheel of a modified sports car among the real racing drivers as he shoots an untitled F1 film directed by Top Gun: Maverick's Joseph Kosinski will oversee the multi-million pound project, which is being produced by Hollywood legend Jerry Bruckheimer.

Read more: What you need to know about Brad Pitt's F1 movie

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali told The Sun: "We have the best producer in Hollywood, one of the best directors in Hollywood, one of the best stars, and the investment they are making is huge.

"The technology too is beautiful and a project for us to develop together, it is because we believe it is another way to take F1 to people who do not know anything about us.

"We have the opportunity to capture them. It will be an intense project we will do together.

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