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Some Formula 1 drivers refuse to participate in the Drive to Survive series

| 24.3.22 |

Some Formula 1 drivers refuse to participate in the Drive to Survive series

 Formula 1 has finally asked Netflix not to over-dramatize the Drive to Survive series. This is because there are some riders who are lazy to participate. It is undeniable that the series which began airing in 2019 played a major role in catapulting the prestige of the F1 event. In order to attract more fans, sometimes the story is exaggerated and the competition between the drivers is made too tight. Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen even explicitly refused to take part again because he saw many facts that were deliberately twisted for the sake of rating. 

"They are faking some rivalry that doesn't really exist. So I decided to be a part of it and refused to be interviewed again after that because you have nothing to show for it," he was quoted as saying by So far, only the man from the Netherlands has dared to show a firm attitude. It is possible that other F1 drivers will follow Verstappen's steps. To prevent this, the boss of Formula 1, Stefano Domenicali, tried to take a middle ground by inviting the producers, the director of Drive to Survive, as well as Netflix, to discuss. 

He encouraged them to remove all the pieces that shouldn't be there. “There is no question that the Netflix project has had a very successful effect. In order to arouse the interest of new audiences, the tone used in some cases focuses on the dramatization of the story,” said Domenicali.
"This is an opportunity, but I think it needs to be understood. 

We will discuss this this weekend in a meeting with the teams.” “A driver refuses to participate because he feels that he is not being represented in a proper, constructive way. So dialogue is needed to understand how he can engage again in a format that is deemed appropriate,” he explains. "We're going to talk to Netflix, because it's important that the story doesn't stray away from reality, otherwise it won't be relevant anymore." "This is a topic that we will discuss together with the riders. We have to ensure that a project that has generated tremendous interest has language that continues to appeal, but without destroying the image and meaning of the sport in which we live every day." 

In fact, it's not only Max Verstappen who feels disappointed with the way Netflix presents their figures or uses quotes out of context to make them look more dramatic. "There have been some obvious comments and everything here and there, which may have been out of place," said McLaren driver Lando Norris. "When you are the person being told, you may not agree with it because it can make you feel like you are saying something at the wrong time and place," he concluded.

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