In order to fully enter the US market, Liberty Media, owner of the F1, came to terms with Netflix to do a docuseries on the Maxima. The production took place during the 2018 season and will premiere next March under the name "Formula 1: Drive to Survive".
The documentary, segmented into ten chapters, will have a particularity: will not have Mercedes and Ferrari, who gave up being part of the project. This motivated the producers to change the focus of the series, which will not focus on the intense fight for the title, which was left in the hands of the Englishman. Lewis Hamilton; but in different situations of the rest of the eight teams, which did collaborate freely with the production.
One chapter, for example, will focus on the dispute between the Dutch Max Verstappen and the australian Daniel Ricciardo, until last year partner in Red Bull (This year the aussie was switched to Renault). There will also be another dedicated to Claire Williams and his role within the team that his father founded Frank Williams in the mid-'70s. Of course, there will also be a special section on McLaren and Spanish Fernando Alonso, who withdrew from the category just at the end of the last tournament.
For the producers, the position of Mercedes and Ferrari did nothing more than go against the fans and F.1 itself.. “These two teams wanted to operate under different terms than the rest. We, as producers, and Netflix, as a streaming platform, we don't feel comfortable with that. "said the executive producer Paul martin to the english newspaper The Telegraph.
“If the terms we came up with were good for the other eight teams, they should have been good for Mercedes and Ferrari as well. In my opinion with their decision they did a bad thing to the fans and to the category. We were lucky that Red Bull, Renault, Haas and the other teams gave us full access ”, He added.
From Mercedes they explained that they did not participate in the production because the fight for the championship forced them to concentrate one hundred percent on their performance and that, in any case, the rivalry with Ferrari "It served to increase the audience of F.10 worldwide by 1 percent." The Scuderia declined to comment.
The twist that the producers found in the series suggests that the absence of these two teams will not be felt and, on the contrary, will allow the other teams to be more prominent.
In fact, many claim that the docuseries reveal is Gunther Steiner, one of those responsible for Haas and that stands out for its brutally honest phrases. At a dinner with the Yankee team in which the French is not present Romain Grosjean, one of the pilots, Steiner says: "Romain is not here ... Maybe he didn't want to come because he didn't score points or maybe I didn't invite him because he doesn't deserve food ...".