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Netflix Fix of the Week: Formula 1: Drive to Survive


Netflix special Formula 1: Drive to Survive will not disappoint racing fans.

Lubna Shaikh | Interrobang | Lifestyles | March 15th, 2019

Wish to know what it’s like to live your life at 300 kilometres per hour? Then, this Netflix special is just for you. The documentary, Formula 1: Drive to Survive, premiered on March 8, 2019 as a tenpart series giving viewers more than a sneak peek into the lives of eight Formula 1 teams.

This isn’t a documentary that tries to explain what Formula 1 is or reflect on its history. It’s purely a fresh look at the 2018 season from inside the teams, focusing on the most interesting storylines of the year.

Formula 1 turned to Netflix to produce this documentary as a step towards targeting a younger audience base just before the start of the 2019 season.

Formula 1: Drive to Survive gives you an all rounded view of the trials and triumphs racers and teams go through during a season and the constant pressure they are in.

As rightly named, these drivers do have to drive with perfection in order to survive. One wrong turn and it could all end in a catastrophic way. These episodes give you a deeper view of the athletic preparation - mental and physical, politics, determination and pressures of Formula 1.

You not only get to experience the lives on drivers on track but also off-track as Netflix sets the standard of its exclusive access by accompanying racers to their personal homes. As we follow the races of the 2018 season, each episode picks a theme - which is often a rivalry between two teams or drivers. The one pitching Red Bull against Renault is a highlight, as are the prickly conversations between team bosses Christian Horner and Cyril Abiteboul.

Without giving too much away, the series promises drama, adrenaline filled action and riches like you’ve never seen before. This is a good move by Formula 1 to open up the sport to a wider audience and become a heavyweight player on social media.

Netflix seems the perfect platform to tell the story, the epic and the clashes of great champions like Hamilton, Vettel, Ricciardo, and Verstappen, but also a targeted commercial choice by Formula 1.
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