Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc has completed his filming run for the remake of the short movie C’etait un rendez-vois, putting in a lap of the Circuit de Monaco on Sunday.
Working on the newly-titled Le Grand Rendez-vous with French director Claude Lelouch, whose nine-minute film of a high-speed drive across Paris in 1976 led to his brief arrest, Leclerc took a Ferrari SF90 Stradale around the fabled street circuit on what would have been race day for this year’s Monaco GP.
While the grand prix was cancelled due to the pandemic, the gradual lifting of the lockdown measures in France and Monaco meant Leclerc’s run was witnessed by onlookers in the Principality situated from balconies and on the streets.
Leclerc reportedly hit speeds of 240km/h during his blast around the Monaco streets, which were closed to traffic to allow the filming to take place.
Prince Albert of Monaco also made an appearance in the film, which is set for release on June 13, while Ferrari chairman John Elkann visited the set.
Speaking with BFM TV, Lelouch talked about the filming process of the feature.
“We’re going to try to offer a message of hope, to show that despite this crap life goes on, that despite this virus, cars keep on running. It’s a message of hope to show that things may be a little different now, but that the enthusiasm is still there.
“I had a great time. We’re going to try to give you a great ride on this circuit, which is the most beautiful in the world. I hope that this ride will give us hope and desire to continue to play with life.”