Ed Sheeran, Shaquille O’Neal, Brad Pitt and Apple CEO Tim Cook lead the star names at the US Grand Prix
The stars were in force in Austin on Sunday as thousands of Formula One fans descended on the Circuit of the Americas for a high-octane United States Grand Prix.
Brad Pitt, Ed Sheeran, Shaquille O’Neal and Apple CEO Tim Cook were all trackside for the F1 race to see Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen go head-to-head on the track.
It was a complete sell-out for the public as well, as hundreds of thousands descended on the Austin circuit throughout the race weekend as F1 fever continued to mount in the US.
Legendary Oscar-nominated actor Pitt was in attendance throughout the weekend and was photographed in the Mercedes garage on Sunday, where he greeted good friend Hamilton alongside Apple CEO Cook.
Pop star Sheeran, meanwhile, was on the circuit after appearing in front of the Austin crowds after Saturday’s qualifying session and spoke to Sky’s Martin Brundle on the grid ahead of the race.
Ed Sheeran (right) poses with Sergio Perez and Red Bull boss Christian Horner (left) in the paddock before the Grand Prix race
Lewis Hamilton hugs Brad Pitt (center) as 12 Years A Slave actor and Apple CEO Tim Cook (right) wait to meet him
Pitt was at the United States Grand Prix all weekend, taking part in Friday practice, Saturday qualifying and Sunday’s race
Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal pays a visit to the Williams garage ahead of the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas
Sheeran also posed for photos with World Champion Max Verstappen (right) and his race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase
“It’s fun, isn’t it,” he said, “a new experience,” before discussing his show the night before: “My first big show in America in five years, so I’m super excited to be back. I’m cheering for Red Bull now as I’ve only just met them.”
The Ipswich-born singer was pictured ahead of the race with Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, as well as Red Bull boss Christian Horner and his wife Geri – formerly of the Spice Girls.
Tre Cool, Green Day’s drummer, was also on the track and joked, “We’re here to support the green team Aston Martin… because they’re green!”
In the race itself, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz started at the top, with world champion Verstappen next to him in second place. Behind them, the Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and George Russell took third and fourth place.
Apple CEO Cook walks through the paddock ahead of Sunday’s big race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas
British singer Sheeran (centre, pictured with Christian and Geri Horner) performed to the Austin crowd on Saturday night
Hundreds of thousands of motorsport fans filled the grandstands at COTA over the weekend as F1 fever hit Texas
Selling Sunset reality TV star Mary Fitzgerald and her boyfriend Romain Bonnet stand in the Red Bull garage before the race
Canadian actor Will Arnett – famous for his role as Gob Bluth in Arrested Development – was one of the big names in attendance
Irish actress Eve Hewson, daughter of U2 legend Bono, poses alongside her brother John and the two AlphaTauri drivers
Mercedes star and seven-time world champion Hamilton waves to fans at COTA ahead of the race in which he started third
Daniel Ricciardo – a self-confessed lover of America – made himself a fan favorite by wearing a Texas shirt before the race
TikTok star Daniel Mac, who has over 10 million followers on the platform, poses with Red Bull driver Sergio Perez on Sunday
Mick Schumacher, Haas driver and son of the legendary Michael, walks past the Texans cheerleaders before the race
Ex-Formula 1 driver Jenson Button was also present at the track as a media representative and worked for British television
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/formulaone/article-11346291/Ed-Sheeran-Shaquille-ONeal-Brad-Pitt-Apple-CEO-Tim-Cook-lead-star-names-Grand-Prix.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Ed Sheeran, Shaquille O’Neal, Brad Pitt and Apple CEO Tim Cook lead the star names at the US Grand Prix