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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc hails APX GP 'transparent' F1 approach

The as-yet-untitled F1 film was in production at the British Grand Prix.

Brad Pitt Silverstone
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Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc has praised the production of the as-yet-untitled F1 film starring Brad Pitt and Damson Idris for its "understanding" during the British Grand Prix weekend.

Filming got underway for the Apple original film, which is directed by Top Gun: Maverick's Joe Kosinski and executive produced by Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, across the latest round at Silverstone as the project aims to retain life-like accuracy and authenticity.

Mercedes and junior outfit Carlin specially modified F2 machinery to use for the APX GP team cars, which took to the track between F1 and support race sessions.

Whilst the three APX GP cars used for filming were positioned at the old pit buildings on the National pit straight, the fictional team was in reception of a fully kitted-out garage between Mercedes and Ferrari, which led to a number of teams and drivers becoming jealous of the state-of-the-art layout.

APX GP took its place at the back of the grid on race day, though was not a part of running, whilst Pitt and Idris - dressed in fireproof overalls - attended the pre-race national anthem ceremony before filming at the back of the grid continued, including a scene with the team manager played by Javier Bardem.

Incredible result

The production had the potential to cause widespread disruption to the paddock over the weekend but ultimately passed smoothly.

Asked if there was any explanation of the procedures taking place from Pitt directly, Leclerc told media, including RacingNews365.com: "Just the outline of how the film is going to look, the technology they are using and all of this.

"It is a really nice approach, they have really understood that we have a got a job to do, which is to drive on track, and they have got a job to do and they don't to be in the way, which is great.

"So I am pretty sure it is transparent for us and that there will be an incredible result for the movie."

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