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Charles Leclerc will have the streets of Monaco to himself on Sunday


Local hero Charles Leclerc will have the streets of Monaco to himself on Sunday, the day he was supposed to have been racing in the cancelled showcase of Formula One, for a blast in a Ferrari sportscar around his home grand prix circuit.

The 22-year-old features in a short film by Claude Lelouch harking back to the 1976 'C'etait un rendez-vous' by the French director - an early morning illicit high-speed drive through Paris.

The Monaco authorities have agreed on this occasion to close the Grand Prix circuit to all traffic and pedestrians from 0645 to 0900.

"This should have been my home GP's qualifying day," Leclerc said on Twitter on Saturday, driving a Ferrari SF90 Stradale in 'Le grand rendez-vous.'

"The GP has been cancelled because of the situation but thanks to @Ferrari & @scuderiaferrari, tomorrow I will be able to drive around the track for a short film produced by Claude Lelouch. I can't wait to be driving again, "the Ferrari driver added.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the grand prix, a fixture since 1954 and the most glamorous race of Formula One, was cancelled and the season has yet to begin.

Leclerc will also race from home on a simulator later on Sunday in Formula One's virtual Monaco Grand Prix.

The 1976 drive of Lelouch was unauthorized by the Parisian authorities but he nevertheless went ahead, fixing a camera on a Mercedes 450SEL and overlaying the sound of a revving Ferrari 275GTB.

The one-take film captures the driver's race from Porte Dauphine on the Paris ring road through the center to a meeting with his girlfriend on the steps of the Sacre Coeur basilica at Montmartre.

Lelouch, now 82, was briefly arrested after the release of the now-classic footage, and had his driving license confiscated. In 2003 the movie became available on DVD.

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