Has Formula 1 Management succeeded in presenting the sport to a new generation of fans with its Netflix series ‘Drive to Survive’?
Daniel Ricciardo, Esteban Ocon and Kevin Magnussen are among the drivers who feature prominently in the series.
However several fans did remark on how little coverage the series gave to the championship fight between Mercedes and Ferrari. Both teams refused to allow Netflix’s crew the same access they enjoyed to the other eight teams.
Read RaceFans’ reviews of all 10 episodes – with spoilers hidden by default – here:
- “Episode 1: All to Play For” – “As an opening salvo, “All to Play For” sets the bar high”
- “Episode 2: The King of Spain” – “Proves there is ample drama in F1 even without the involvement of the two big teams”
- “Episode 3: Redemption” – “The testy exchanges between Williams and backer Lawrence Stroll are positively excruciating”
- “Episode 4: The Art of War” – “The take-no-prisoners Horner and Abiteboul exchanges make this the pick of the 10”
- “Episode 5: Trouble at the Top” – “It’s curious that McLaren’s plight is not shown against the rising form of Toro Rosso”
- “Episode 6: All or Nothing” – “I’d recommend skipping this one”
- “Episode 7: Keeping Your Head” – “If your name is Romain Grosjean, it will feel like five hours”
- “Episode 8: The Next Generation” – “The programme-makers felt the need to get creative with the facts”
- “Episode 9: Stars and Stripes” – “Contrived at best and artificial at worst”
- “Episode 10: Crossing the Line” – “Its faults notwithstanding, an essential watch for all F1 fans”
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F1 fans feedback on Drive to Survive
I think it is safe to say that Drive to Survive is my new favorite series. Even though I'm not the biggest F1 fan, this serious is fantastic!
— Alleric 'Ulti' Enslin (@AllericEnslin) March 11, 2019
I’m watching F1 Drive To Survive. Basically all the drama of the 2018 season but with that typical Netflix doc polish. Reminds me of the old HBO 24/7 NHL all access series. Can recommend 👍
— wnboo 👻 🎃 (@wnbe_) March 11, 2019
— Andy Harker (@AndyHarker1) March 11, 2019
If you are even slightly familiar with F1 or are keen on sports in general then watch Formula 1 on Netflix.
Brilliant behind the scenes look as they track a F1 season.
— Ankur Bhardwaj (@Bhayankur) March 11, 2019
F1: Drive To Survive on Netlix makes what is a rich, pretty boy’s sport seem proper thrilling!
— David Brodlie (@DavidBrodlie) March 11, 2019
I'm not an F1 fan but I've been hooked on the Netflix 'Drive To Survive' series. Superb behind the scenes footage 🚥 (best emoji I could find)
— Colin Stewart (@RFC_Colin) March 11, 2019
— Lesego Kotane (@lsgktn) March 11, 2019
Anyone been watching the new Netflix F1 doc 'Drive To Survive'? Ignore the horrendously awful title- it really is worth a watch. Good for non-fans, but also some very illuminating behind-the-scenes stuff for F1 geeks too. Recommended (just ignore the faux 'commentary') 👍🏎️🏁
— Claire 'Pepper Bae’ Jones (@claire_CJ_jones) March 12, 2019
Just finished F1 #DriveToSurvive , great series. Good to see the drivers being ‘real’ and the true emotion of what they go through. Kevin Magnassun and Danny Ric 👍🏻
— Kai (@priesty_lfc) March 11, 2019
Really enjoyed Drive to Survive. Did bring out some personalities and stories that were very interesting and it didn’t gloss over stuff the way F1 has in the past. Liked the way it focuses on the midfield too. Changed my perception of a few teams/drivers.
— Niallmo Goes Cycling (@Niallmo) March 11, 2019
The new @F1 #DriveToSurvive Netflix documentary is well worth a watch – great stories and behind the scenes access in a season with plenty of drama. Felt sorry for Esteban Ocon but money backed drivers still rules over talent…
— Séan Walsh (@walshybhoy) March 11, 2019
So far the f1 documenseries makes me feel bad for @OconEsteban :-/
— Oliver Hunt (@ohunt) March 12, 2019
— Rachel Kimball (@LovSindarie) March 12, 2019
#FormulaOneDriveToSurvive is fantastic. 4 episodes in and it’s refreshing to see a behind the scenes look at F1.
— Dan Rogers (@DanRoger5) March 12, 2019
The new docuseries about F1 on Netflix is really quite good. Great look at the business of racing and some of the personalities (both drivers and others).
— Peter Dziedzic (@ptd3001) March 12, 2019
Zero interest in F1 as a sport but this Netflix doc is so good
— Zak (@notzakihas) March 11, 2019
— sarah (@sarahkeir1) March 11, 2019
F1 drive to survive on @NetflixUK is fun to watch. Especially the Red Bull/Renault relationship unfold…..
— Karl Gamble (@karlosgamble) March 11, 2019
— Peter Mcpartland (@PED7) March 11, 2019
That F1 racing doc on Netflix has me in the mood to start watching it. 2019 season starts this weekend ironically enough. Definitely pulling for the Haas team and Daniel Ricciardo this year.
— Dustin Beethe (@dustinbeethe) March 11, 2019
— Derick Stallings (@derickstallings) March 11, 2019
Just watching that Netflix thing on F1, great for 4K visuals, but god on earth @alo_oficial’s race at Baku in 2018 is still a thing of beauty. That car shouldn’t have made the finish. How?! How!!?! #forzafernando
— Naithan Ariane (@NaithanAriane) March 11, 2019
the ocon focused episode of the f1 series on netflix just made me want to blubber. he deserves a seat and it’s so sad that he doesn’t have one 😭😭
— 🍊 Sinnie 🍊 (@Sinniebaby) March 11, 2019
Damn these little school kids in the @netflix @F1 doco are really holding Nico Hülkenbergs feet to the fire over his results. After finding out he hasn't won any GP's one of the kids challenges him to have "a growth minset" 😂😂
— David (@Daveo_au) March 11, 2019
Mercedes and Ferrari missed out
The worst thing about the Drive To Survive F1 documentary on Netflix is that Mercedes and Ferrari refused to feature in it for some unknown reason which really hurts it.
The two teams that were fighting for the championship in such an incredible season, and they're not featured.
— //HADZ// (@hadztv) March 11, 2019
Enjoying the @NetflixUK documentary on @F1 2018, very good insight to how the teams operate. It’s a shame that @MercedesAMGF1 & @ScuderiaFerrari decided not to take part which I think is petty and disrespectful to the F1 fans and the sport.
— Andy Priestley (@Priestley_AP) March 11, 2019
— Andy (@DrewzerHD) March 11, 2019
Sure it would have been nice to have @MercedesAMGF1 & @ScuderiaFerrari title battle @netflix compelling recap of 2018 #DriveToSurvive
But the troubles face by rest of the grid reminds us all that #F1 is so much more
— Menebrio (@Menebrio) March 11, 2019
#DrivetoSurvive really got me excited for the upcoming F1 season. A pity Ferrari & Mercedes didn't participate at all but gotta love Max Verstappen! 🙌🏾🤣
— Bushido D. Brown (@Oageng_Mp) March 12, 2019
Just finished F1: drive to survive. Can't believe they almost completely ignored the Mercedes drivers.
Other than that, it was good.
— EMRacing (@emracing96) March 12, 2019
Hats off to @netflix for #DriveToSurvive #F1 @F1 series! Awesome job and amazing to relive the 2018 Championship, Great job! Will there be a season 2? @MercedesAMGF1 and @ScuderiaFerrari ….booo for not participating… too bad for you… you're missing out big time!
— Philippe Prochasson PhD 🧬 (@philoutweet4u) March 12, 2019
— Kai (@SnowyKai) March 11, 2019
But not everyone is impressed
F1 Drive to survive on Netflix is such a disappointment, looks like they want to show drama and use some very creative editing to achieve that. Then Will Buxton acts like a total Fanboy who clearly is not a fan of some drivers. What a shitshow💩
— Pascal Ammerdorfer (@Pas_Ammerdorfer) March 11, 2019
This F1 doc on Netflix is much worse than the filler on Sky F1 between race weekends
— Charles COYS (@charlesrich82) March 11, 2019
— Chaitanya (@ChaiAsInTea) March 12, 2019
Watched 3 episodes and I am so disappointed from the @F1 show in @netflix so far… I cannot believe they don’t mention ANYTHING about the timings and points and results about the races! They are trying to make a reality show by taking out the essence of racing!?
— Yousif Al Askari (@3askeri) March 11, 2019
My only issue with the @BoxtoBoxFilms F1 series on Netflix is that they create a narrative that is very disingenuous for new fans. Perez didn't cost Ocon a seat, and Verstappen didn't push Ricciardo out, Helmut Marko & Dieter Mateschitz did that all by themselves.
— Alistair McIntyre (@_alistairnz) March 11, 2019
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2019 F1 season
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