Bahrain GP: Mercedes F1 Confirm Drive to Survive Season 4

Published 03/28/2021, 1:10 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 27, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in action during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Over the past three years, the Formula 1: Drive to Survive series has been a roaring success. Earlier this month, Season 3 dropped on Netflix, to much excitement and fanfare. The subject matter displayed in those 10 episodes, however, is a different story altogether. Now, it seems that Netflix has already begun to prepare for Season 4, at least according to Mercedes.

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Speaking of Mercedes, they recently posted a picture of Valtteri Bottas getting kitted up with a microphone. In the caption, they teased the filming of DTS Season 4. Later, in the comments, they clarified that the Finn was just getting ready for an interview. Nevertheless, the statement got the desired reaction from the ecstatic fans.

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Now, the Finnish driver will be turning his gazing to the ongoing race weekend. The Bahrain Grand Prix marks the first race of 2021 and the first time it kicked off the season since 2010.

How has Mercedes performed so far in this race weekend?

So far in the practice session, the Mercedes car has looked pretty decent. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have featured in the top three in all three practice sessions ahead of qualifying. Of course, qualifying may be a different story, but nobody knows whether any teams were holding back.

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 26, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Admittedly, Mercedes are still the favorites, as they have been the most dominant team in recent years. However, the Red Bull team have had the early advantage with Max Verstappen topping all three sessions. However, there is a real possibility that Mercedes could pull something out of the bag at the last minute.

Nobody can put anything past Lewis Hamilton to pull off a blinding lap in the dying stages. Similarly, Valtteri Bottas is no slouch either, so the battle should be interesting. Aside from that, there could be a few dark horses, as Ferrari seems to look pretty decent. Early signs suggest that they have put their nightmarish 2020 behind them. Even McLaren looks fairly good on the timing screens.

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