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Formula 1: Drive to Survive: Everything you need to know about the Netflix hit we’re all (surprisingly) hooked on

If Netflix’s Formula 1: Drive to Survive has taught us anything, it’s that we need to start watching Formula 1, stat. 

True, we may not consider ourselves petrol heads (how many of us have groaned at the sight of the Grand Prix on telly before?), the success of season four of Formula 1: Drive to Survive has shown us the error of our ways.

The show has been praised for shedding a light on the technicalities of Formula 1, as well as finding a new, younger audience for the sport. This is a distinct departure from the ethos, during Bernie Ecclestone’s reign at F1, during which he admitted he wanted to focus on appealing to the over-70s. 

However, it’s also received a fair amount of criticism for its dramatic interpretation of real-life events (more on that later). Here’s everything you need to know about season four of Netflix’s Formula 1: Drive to Survive:

What is Netflix’s Formula 1: Drive to Survive about?

Each season of Drive To Survive follows the key moments from the previous year of racing. Season four of Formula 1: Drive to Survive focuses on the title race in 2021. Ring any bells? 

This iconic race took place at the end of last year, which saw Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton in a win that was marred by controversy. Basically, during the last laps of the championship, the race officials decided that the champion would be decided according to a one-lap shoot-out, which Verstappen duly won. 

This led to a huge debate in the sporting community about whether the right call was made, with many feeling that Lewis Hamilton was cheated out of a win. 


What’s been said about Netflix’s Formula 1: Drive To Survive? 

The TV show has caused quite the stir in the Formula 1 community, with Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali confirming that his team will be reaching out to Netflix about the show. During a press conference, he said, “To spark the interest of a new audience, a language has been used that in some situations has focused on the dramatization of the story.”