The event took place in Southern California with David Coulthard, the 13-time Grand Prix winner and former Red Bull Racing driver, who served as Cruise’s instructor for the day. The duo has been backed up by a 12-person crew, who flew in from Milton Keynes. Cruise is a well known petrol head and has driven various race cars over the years but never a Formula One car.
He floored the F1 race car reaching a 181 mph (about 291 km/h), just 4 miles per hour (about 6 km/h) off Coulthard’s top speed. Cruise pushed the 850 hp F1 car around the 2.5 mile (4Km) Willow Springs race track in Rosamond California.
“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," David Coulthard. It is worth mentioning the fact that F1 returns to America after a four-year absence.