Netflix’s ‘Drive to Survive’ documentary upsets Formula One drivers
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CEO of Formula One Group, Stefano Domenicali, has confirmed talks will be held with Netflix following a number of complaints from drivers over the accuracy of the ‘Drive to Survive’ documentary series.
While public interest in the Netflix series has been high, some current F1 drivers have been left disgruntled by the series as they feel it tries to sensationalise events and drum up controversy at the cost of accuracy in reporting.
Max Verstappen opted out of the Drive to Survive series
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen opted out of taking part in the series on his journey to becoming world champion because he felt they were faking rivalries, while Lando Norris also criticised the show for an inaccurate portrayal of his early relationship with McLaren team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.
“There is no question that the Netflix project has had a very successful effect,” Domenicali told the Italian edition of Motorsport.com.
“In order to ignite the interest of a new audience, a tone was used that in some ways focused on dramatising the story.
“It’s an opportunity, but I think it needs to be understood. We talked about it this weekend [in Bahrain] at a meeting with the teams as well.
“A driver who refuses to participate because he feels he is not being represented in the right way is not being constructive; so a dialogue is needed to understand how he can be included in a format that he feels is correct.
“We will also talk to Netflix, because it is necessary that the story does not move away from reality, otherwise it no longer fits.
“It is a topic that we will address together with the drivers. We have to make sure that a project that has generated such exceptional traction has a language that continues to appeal, but without distorting the image and the meaning of the sport that we live with every day.”