Tom Cruise drives a Red Bull F1 car image

As part of the Formula 1 return in the United States after a four-year absence, the producer and star of Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, Tom Cruise, took a break from post-production work and accepted the invitation to test drive the Red Bull Racing Formula One car in Southern California on the 15th of August.


The former driver of the Red Bull Racing team and 13-time Grand Prix winner, David Coulthard, was Tom Cruise’s personal instructor for the day, along with a 12-person support crew.

During the seven-hour session, the superstar completed 24 laps and managed to improve his initial lap time by almost 11 seconds.

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


The North American Grand Prix will be held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, which is currently under construction, and Formula One will return to the over-seas in 2012.