Double-Trouble for Mercedes at Spa? Netflix to Film Hamilton & Co. During Belgian GP

Published 08/26/2021, 9:16 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/Peter Cziborra


The popular Netflix series Drive to Survive has confirmed their fourth season, set to release next year. The crew were spotted in the Mercedes garage, and are likely to stick with the Silver Arrows this weekend.

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Will the Netflix Curse hit Mercedes once again? In 2019, the crew made their presence known at the German GP. They gave the crew some good footage of Bottas crashing out of fourth place with less than 10 laps to go; a flu-ridden Hamilton faced the barriers and a consequent 50-second pitstop.

Again, in 2020, Mercedes spent the Russian GP with the Netflix crew. Less dramatic this year, Hamilton faced a 10-second penalty mid-race.

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The 2021 season, so far, has had a lot to give. The championship rivalry, the mid-field battle, and a lot of drama. With the recent announcement, it will surely be the perfect filler content once the season comes to an end.

Mercedes’ contribution to DTS action

While what’s yet to come at Spa is uncertain, the behind-the-scenes of the Hamilton-Verstappen rivalry will be intriguing. Things have escalated since the race at Bahrain, especially after Silverstone and Hungary. Heading to Belgium, the margin is only 12 points, with the British team having taken the lead right before the summer break.

The rivalry had also made its way off the track. Following Silverstone, there were a lot of things said between the drivers and their team principals. Christian Horner has cemented his annoyance with the team after the large bills Red Bull has paid because of damage caused by Mercedes.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

 

The championship rivalry only being the tip of the iceberg of Mercedes drama, the second seat is far from forgotten. The Mercedes second-seat speculation reached its pinnacle this season. Especially after Hamilton’s three-year extension, the seat has been unconfirmed for a long time. While a majority are rooting for George Russell, Bottas hasn’t lost his touch yet.

Silver Arrows at Spa

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Mercedes has regained the lead after Red Bull took over at Monaco; only one point ahead of the team. Since then, the Milton-Keynes team had only increased the gap between the two. That is until Silverstone. After Hamilton collided with Verstappen, Red Bull held on to the lead by a mere three points. Following which the incident in Hungary, had Sergio out of the race and Max racing with an injured car.

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 20, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Yves Herman

Red Bull is angry; Mercedes is determined. Red Bull had fought hard to maintain the lead, and all was lost over the course of two races, through no fault of their own. Mercedes, on the other hand, isn’t willing to have their reign overthrown so fast.

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Even though the summer break has allowed the situation to cool down between the drivers and the team, the moment it lights out at Spa-Francorchamps, the war resumes.

Watch this story: Toto Wolff Swears, Valtteri Bottas Bares: Funniest Moments From Drive to Survive

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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