Biggest Storylines From 2020 F1 Season Which Could Feature in Netflix ‘Drive to Survive’ Season 3

Published 02/06/2021, 5:30 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action at the start of the race Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

The F1 documentary, ‘Drive To Survive’, on Netflix was certainly quite the hit. The two seasons showcased the workings of the sport and intriguing storylines that gripped the viewers’ attention.


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Fans will not have to wait long to stream the third season, with a launch likely in the first or second week of March 2020. However, everyone will be curious to know about what plot lines they could undertake in the upcoming edition.

So, let us look at the possible narratives that Netflix might incorporate in Season 3 of ‘Drive To Survive.’


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The cancellation of the 2020 F1 Australian Grand Prix owing to coronavirus

It was not until the last minute that Formula 1 announced the cancellation of the 2020 Australian GP, following a coronavirus case being reported in the paddock. The organizing body and FIA both received criticism for its handling of the situation, which could have given rise to more problems.

A frenetic ‘silly season’ in the F1 drivers’ market

LE CASTELLET, FRANCE – JUNE 23: Third place qualifier Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari looks on in parc ferme during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Following Ferrari’s announcement of not renewing Sebastian Vettel’s contract for 2021, the Italian team quickly moved to secure Carlos Sainz’s services. Daniel Ricciardo then jumped ship to McLaren with Vettel going to Aston Martin. Later in the season, Sergio Perez also moved to Red Bull.

Alex Albon’s ousting from Red Bull Racing F1

A troubled season for the Thai driver saw him deliver under-par performances compared to teammate Max Verstappen, which ultimately led to his exit. The pursuit of Perez’s signing behind the scenes in that regard will also be interesting to follow.

Grosjean’s fiery crash and miraculous escape

Having suffered a brutal crash at the 2020 Bahrain GP, Haas’ Romain Grosjean made an incredible escape from the scene of the accident. His reaction and recovery to the incident might get included in the episodes concerning that part of the season.

Lewis Hamilton creating glorious history

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason/Pool/File Photo

The 36-year-old lifted his seventh F1 title in imperious fashion, equaling the legendary Michael Schumacher’s titles tally. Hamilton breaking the 91 wins milestone set by the German icon might also become an intriguing sub-storyline.

Pierre Gasly’s sensational F1 Italian GP win


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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 13: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT01 Honda on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)

Finally, the emergence of the dark horse to rise against all odds, and complete a shock victory at Monza. The AlphaTauri driver’s win would be one to savor for a long time, and rightly so.

Which storyline are you looking forward to the most in Season 3 of Drive to Survive? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!


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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.