FORMULA 1 DRIVER OF THEIR DESTINY. This is the great return of the documentary series dedicated to F1 on Netflix. While we expected him to be often in front of the cameras, Max Verstappen is in the background. Here’s why.
[Mis à jour le 11 mars 2022 à 9h54] This is one of Netflix’s successful documentary series, Drive to Survive (from its French title Formula 1: Drivers of their destiny) offers viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the F1 championship every year. The opportunity for Netflix subscribers to experience rare moments with most of the Grand Prix headliners throughout the season. After three successful seasons, Drive to Survive returns in 2022 for an extremely anticipated Season 4 as it looks back on one of the most explosive Formula 1 championship in recent years with a rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen reaching its climax. at the very last Grand Prix of the season. Blessed bread for the suspense and something to hook viewers who discover this universe with the documentary series on their sofa!
A little clarification for those who are worried about the lack of interviews with Max Verstappen, the first driver of the Red Bull-Honda team did not wish to participate in season 4 of the Netflix documentary series. The racing driver indeed considers that the series arranges itself a little too much with reality, creating conflicting dynamics which sometimes do not exist. The Dutchman who weighs in on the F1 landscape explained his choice to the Associated Press: “They invent a lot of things. They created rivalries that don’t really exist. So I decided not to do any more ‘interviews with them. So they won’t be able to use anything. I’m not one to stage my life to put on a show, I’m more interested in facts and truth.” Of which act, Max Verstappen, therefore, did not accept interviews with the film crew of Drive to Survive for its season 4.
The teams in charge of filming season 4 of Drive to Survive therefore faced a unique challenge: to cover as much of the 2021 Formula 1 season as possible without having access to one of its major competitors, namely Max Verstappen whose trajectory of the season has been particularly exciting. It was therefore necessary to be cunning by using snippets of conversations captured on the paddock but within the cockpit of the Dutch driver. Sequences which however do not help to understand the state of mind of the Red Bul-Honda driver as well as interviews can. For this, the teams of Drivers of their destiny have called even more on Christian Horner, who leads the Red Bull-Honda team. Already very used to Netflix cameras (and very comfortable in front of them), Horner, therefore, becomes one of the even more central characters of season 4 by the simple fact that Max Verstappen is almost absent.
It is now a tradition, the annual season of Formula 1: Drive to Survive is broadcast just days before the start of the new season of the F1 championship. This year, the series Pilots of their destiny returned on March 11, 2022. As usual, Netflix broadcast all 10 episodes of season 4 from 9:01 a.m. in France.
If you are in too much of a hurry to wait for the end of season 4 of Formula 1: Drivers of their destiny, here are the results of the races. After a tense season and a very last Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, it was Max Verstappen who won the 2021 F1 championship with a total of 395.5 points, depriving Lewis Hamilton (387, 5 points) of an eighth title and therefore a record that would have allowed him to beat Michael Schumacher. In the constructors’ championship, Mercedes again won the title with 613.5 points while Red Bull-Honda came second with 585.5 points.