On Thursday ahead of the Miami Grand Prix, it was announced that Netflix will bring a fifth and sixth seasons of Drive to Survive in the coming years. The documentary series has proven to be a huge success for Formula 1 and is widely credited as one of the main reasons for the sport’s rapid popularity in the United States. After its fourth season premiered earlier this year, Drive to Survive ranked number one in 33 countries. Season 3 is also expected to top ratings.
But there is also criticism of the creators of the series. For example, certain rivalries would be overly dramatized and facts twisted to make the story come out better. Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen has therefore signaled that he no longer wants to take part in the interviews that are being conducted for the series. The criticism has also raised doubts about the current format of the series, but Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says there is no reason to change anything. “So far, every season has been stronger than the one before,” said Wolff. “I think people are now getting to know the cast, who’s who and who to follow. If it stopped growing, Netflix and F1 would be the first to tinker with the format. But I don’t think that’s necessary at the moment.”
Keeping the sport attractive
Each season consists of ten episodes in which different teams, drivers and other news are significant. The launch of Drive to Survive in America has led to the first Grand Prix in Miami this weekend. Next year there will also be a race in Las Vegas. “It has brought a new dimension to the sport, it’s about more than who gets on the podium,” said Wolff, who believes F1 must keep the sport’s core values sharp. “It has brought a much broader group of fans to the sport. I’m definitely happy with the extension in that regard. That being said, we also need to ensure that the sport remains attractive on the track, with a spectacle like last year’s. It had all the makings of a good narrative and a successful series on Netflix. I think we were in first place for a couple of weeks which shows how strong the sport is at the moment.”