Filmed in Monaco, Le Grand Rendezvous also features the talents of French Director Claude Lelouch and racing champion Charles Leclerc.
On the 24th of May, 2020, the very date this year’s Grand Prix was scheduled to take place, the Principality of Monaco was instead treated to a somewhat different incarnation of race car excitement. At dawn, the award-winning French film director Claude Lelouch and his camera crew began accompanying the new Ferrari SF90 Stradale as it completed an adrenaline-fuelled lap of the city’s famed Formula 1 street circuit. Behind the steering wheel that morning was none other than racing champion Charles Leclerc, a native son of Monte Carlo, who clocked speeds of up to 240 km per hour while en route to the mystery “grand rendezvous” of the title. Best known for winning the GP3 Series championship in 2016, and the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2017, Leclerc is currently driving in Formula One for Scuderia Ferrari.
The finished film is set to premiere on Saturday June 13th, and aside from the famous car and driver, HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco also makes a brief appearance in the final edit. Meanwhile, thanks to a progressive lifting of the lockdown in France and Monaco, the filming itself was watched by a group of excited local onlookers, both from their balconies and from the streets, all of which was carefully supervised by the local authorities. On the day of the filming, traffic was stopped to allow the SF90 Stradale to unleash its full power on Monaco’s thoroughfares. The roar of the automobile’s powerful engine – which can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 2.5 seconds – broke a long dry spell for Prancing Horse enthusiasts who miss witnessing racing action at its finest.
The film’s set was also visited by Ferrari Chairman John Elkann, as well as Prince Andrea Casiraghi and Prince Pierre Casiraghi, who was accompanied by his wife Princess Beatrice Borromeo. It was an historic day indeed for all assembled, and the reassuring sound of the SF90 Stradale’s hybrid V8, which generates a total power of 1,000 CV, sent out a message of optimism and signalled the first step towards the return of motorsport, film and social life as nations around the world attempt to put the Covid-19 pandemic to rest through mutually responsible behaviour, commitment, and solidarity.