Hollywood’s Slickest Assassin Keanu Reeves Kickstarts Major F1 Project at the House of Red Bull Racing

Published 08/31/2022, 10:20 AM EDT

Off-lately, F1 has become a hot property, and the drama that evolves out of this traveling circus is something the fans can’t seem to get enough of. Consequently, we have seen multiple media projects being announced revolving around the sport; and to film for his upcoming docuseries, Keanu Reeves took a trip to the Red Bull factory.

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The Canadian actor is himself known to be an adrenaline junkie, and his head-turning motorcycle collection speaks volumes about his admiration for speed. Notably, the Speed actor is the founder of a motorcycle manufacturer, Arch motorcycle with the lifelong motorcyclist, Gard Hollinger.

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The trip down to Milton-Keynes is coherent as the F1 project Reeves is working on covers the behind-the-scenes of the 2009 constructors and driver championship winners, Brawn GP. That year, Red Bull was the arch nemesis of the Brackley outfit and in the era of V8 engines, the two teams were neck to neck in a cutthroat battle.

The team principal of the Austrian racing stable, Christian Horner welcomed the 57-year-old actor inside the factory. Remarkably, Horner at 31 became the youngest team boss in the paddock in 2005. Thus, the 2009 battle against the Brawn GP was led by the British boss for the raging bulls.

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The documentary series will stream on Disney+ and is set to launch in 2023. As per the reports, Reeves will take the role of the host and interview F1 legends Ross Brawn, Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichello, and former Ferrari chairman, Luca Di Montezemolo.

The 2009 battle between Red Bull & Brawn GP

2009 saw the start of the hybrid era in F1 and Ross Brawn bought the Honda team for £1 ($1.16), which he renamed Brawn GP. The Honda racing F1 team sold its shares at much less value to Brawn to ensure the survival of the team. Another team in the paddock that was part of a $1 takeover was Red Bull, which purchased Jaguar from Ford in 2004.

 

Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello drove some stellar drives for the British racing stable and clinched six race wins in the opening 7 races of the season. Meanwhile, at Red Bull, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel took the fight back to the British crew in the second half of the season as Vettel emerged as a new talent who finished P2 in the driver’s standings.

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Keanu Reeves revealed how the 2009 season fascinated him, he said, “A friend of mine was telling me the story and I was so struck by it and he was actually working for Brawn back in the day in publicity and he’s a producer/director and so we were like, well let’s tell that story, let’s try and tell that story.”

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Anish Arora

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Anish Arora is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. It is the competitive nature of the sport that not only made him an adherent follower of F1, but also inspired him to start his journey as an author for the most prestigious racing series in the world. Anish initially started writing for Formula 1 during his undergrad and now is a huge fan of the 'Silver Arrows'.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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