Despite Falling Ratings and Increasing Criticism, Netflix’s Drive to Survive Bringing Fans in Bulk

Published 04/04/2022, 5:48 AM EDT

Drive to Survive has hit the Bull’s eye and managed to turn in a bigger audience than last season. The hit Netflix series raced our hearts while portraying everything that happens on and off the F1 grid. The series has received some criticism. Despite that, the numbers are looking positive. DTS’s popularity has skyrocketed the motor sports’ recent fanbase.

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Drive to Survive is at an all-time high

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Various countries have received the series exceptionally well. However, in the USA, F1 has become such a huge phenomenon that we will now see three F1 circuits there from next year onwards. The series has catered really well to the US audiences who now want to follow the sport 24/7. DTS is also being credited for the wonderful coverage of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s title fight.

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Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei spoke a bit about the success. He said,“We’re happy to report, and I think our Netflix friends would be happy to report, that it was the number one show in 33 countries around the world already,” 

“The season four audience is already larger than the season three audience. So it’s a huge success.” This must’ve been indeed good news for the series.

Max Verstappen is not fond of the show

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Well, the team is are doing well in terms of sponsorships. What else would anyone want? Well, as it turns out, the current world champion, Max Verstappen, is not a big fan of the series. And he has been vocal about his dislike for the show, claiming that he and other drivers were misrepresented in the series.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 19, 2022 Secondhttps://www.essentiallysports.com/tag/daniel-ricciardo/ placed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen speaks to third placed Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. after qualifying. Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

The 24-year-old recently pointed out the Lando NorrisDaniel Ricciardo sequence of the show. He felt that his two friends were misrepresented. Verstappen had already previously announced how he does not wish to partake in the series anymore. Additionally, when he was again asked about his plans and the Dutchman revealed he has not changed his mind.

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Drivers and fans turning against the series can always result in destructive media. However, it’s good to see how the series has stayed afloat despite all the criticism. The series deserves credit for F1’s peaked popularity and the entire crew’s work is admirable.

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Khyati Yadav

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Khyati Yadav is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. She is a Hospitality Graduate and a huge fan of Lando Norris. She believes that F1 as a sport deserves a lot more attention and is intrigued by the process that goes behind the making of a car and the hard work that goes into the setting up of any Grand Prix.

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