Ed Sheeran trades the stage for the Texas tarmac as he watches the US Formula 1 in Austin


He is best known for his showstopping performances on the world’s biggest stages.

But on Sunday Ed Sheeran traded playing his hit pop songs for a day on the Texas tarmac as he enjoyed being shown around the Formula One pits by Geri Horner’s Red Bull boss husband Christian.

He and other stars were out in full force in Austin, Texas as thousands of Formula One fans descended on the Circuit of the Americas for a high-octane United States Grand Prix.

Red heads: Spice Girl Geri shared snaps with Ed Sheeran to her 1.2million Instagram followers, captioning the post: ‘Ginger strategy’ as they enjoyed the US Grand Prix together

Warm welcome: Ed traded playing his hit pop songs for a day on the Texas tarmac as he enjoyed being shown around the Formula One pits

Warm welcome: Ed traded playing his hit pop songs for a day on the Texas tarmac as he enjoyed being shown around the Formula One pits

He posed for pictures alongside Spice Girl Geri and her husband, Christian, who is the Principal of Red Bull Racing.

In his team pits, Ed smiled with Christian and Mexican driver Sergio Perez ahead of his race.

He even got a closer look at the multi-million dollar racing cars before they headed out on the track.

Also greeting the pop superstar was Stefano Domenicali, CEO of the Formula One Group, who gave him a warm embrace before welcoming him into the garages. 

Star-studded: He posed for pictures alongside Spice Girl Geri and her husband, Christian, who is the Principal of Red Bull Racing

Star-studded: He posed for pictures alongside Spice Girl Geri and her husband, Christian, who is the Principal of Red Bull Racing

Celeb affair: Ed Sheeran (right) poses with Sergio Perez and Red Bull chief Christian Horner (left) in the paddock before the Grand Prix race

Celeb affair: Ed Sheeran (right) poses with Sergio Perez and Red Bull chief Christian Horner (left) in the paddock before the Grand Prix race

Greetings: Also greeting the pop superstar was Stefano Domenicali, CEO of the Formula One Group, who gave him a warm embrace before welcoming him into the garages

Greetings: Also greeting the pop superstar was Stefano Domenicali, CEO of the Formula One Group, who gave him a warm embrace before welcoming him into the garages

Donning a simple white t-shirt, black and white baseball cap, green chino trousers and blue Jordan trainers, Ed looked stylish in his casual ensemble in sunny Texas.

Spice Girl Geri shared a few snaps with Ed to her 1.2million Instagram followers, captioning the post: ‘Ginger strategy’. 

Also in attendance was Brad Pitt, Serena Williams, Shaquille O’Neal and Apple CEO Tim Cook were all trackside for the F1 race, to watch the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen go toe-to-toe around the circuit.

It was a complete sell-out to the public, too, with a record 440,000 fans heading for the Austin circuit across the entire race weekend, as F1 fever continues to rise stateside.

Big race day: Ed Sheeran was welcomed by the big dogs of Formula One, including CEO Stefano Domenicali (right)

Big race day: Ed Sheeran was welcomed by the big dogs of Formula One, including CEO Stefano Domenicali (right)

Pose: Sheeran also posed for photos with world champion Max Verstappen (right) and his race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase

Pose: Sheeran also posed for photos with world champion Max Verstappen (right) and his race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase

Exciting day: The tattooed pop star looked relaxed as he arrived at the Formula One circuit in Austin, Texas on Sunday

Exciting day: The tattooed pop star looked relaxed as he arrived at the Formula One circuit in Austin, Texas on Sunday

Stylish: He donned a pair of brown sunglasses as he was swarmed for pictures before heading in to see the behind-the-scenes of Formula One

Stylish: He donned a pair of brown sunglasses as he was swarmed for pictures before heading in to see the behind-the-scenes of Formula One

Legendary Oscar-nominated actor Pitt was present across the entire weekend, and was pictured in the Mercedes garage on Sunday, where he greeted his good friend Hamilton alongside Apple CEO Cook.

Ipswich-born singer Ed was also pictured ahead of the race with Max Verstappen.

Tre Cool, the Green Day drummer, was also present on the track and joked: ‘We’re here to support the green team, Aston Martin… because they’re green!’ 

Serena Williams, fresh from her tennis retirement at the US Open, was also in Austin to take in the impressive scenes at the Circuit of the Americas.

Socialising: Ed spoke to crew members behind the scenes of the race track for the Circuit of the Americas Formula One race in Austin

Socialising: Ed spoke to crew members behind the scenes of the race track for the Circuit of the Americas Formula One race in Austin

Showing him around: He even got a closer look at the multi-million dollar racing cars before they headed out on the track

Showing him around: He even got a closer look at the multi-million dollar racing cars before they headed out on the track

It's in the details: Ed Sheeran was one of many celebrities taking a closer look at the action behind the scenes at the American Formula One race on Sunday

It’s in the details: Ed Sheeran was one of many celebrities taking a closer look at the action behind the scenes at the American Formula One race on Sunday

Team: Donning a simple white t-shirt, black and white baseball cap, green chino trousers and blue Jordan trainers, Ed looked stylish in his casual ensemble in sunny Texas

Team: Donning a simple white t-shirt, black and white baseball cap, green chino trousers and blue Jordan trainers, Ed looked stylish in his casual ensemble in sunny Texas

Posting to her Instagram ahead of the race, she filmed herself taking a ride in a golf cart, and also trying her hand at DJ’ing in the hospitality areas. 

In the race itself, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz started at the front, with world champion Verstappen alongside him in second. Behind them, Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and George Russell made up third and fourth. 

It was a disastrous start for Sainz who clashed with Russell on the very first corner of the race and was forced into an early retirement. 

Pitt has been at the United States Grand Prix all weekend, attending Friday practice, Saturday qualifying and the Sunday race

Pitt has been at the United States Grand Prix all weekend, attending Friday practice, Saturday qualifying and the Sunday race

Lewis Hamilton hugs Brad Pitt (center) as the 12 Years A Slave actor and Apple CEO Tim Cook (right) wait to meet him

Lewis Hamilton hugs Brad Pitt (center) as the 12 Years A Slave actor and Apple CEO Tim Cook (right) wait to meet him

Fresh from her tennis retirement at the US Open, Serena Williams was a special guest at the United States Grand Prix

She even tried her hand at DJing ahead of the race in Austin, Texas on Sunday afternoon

Fresh from her tennis retirement at the US Open, Serena Williams was a special guest at the United States Grand Prix

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