Drive To Survive Finds Another Critic After Max Verstappen’s Comments

Published 10/30/2021, 8:51 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 24, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during a press conference after winning the United States Grand Prix FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Formula 1 undeniably witnessed a massive turnaround since Liberty Media took over the functioning of the sport from Bernie Ecclestone.

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The latter often lived under the policy of not letting any behind-the-scene activities reach the public’s eye, but the new owners broke through Ecclestone’s longing for privacy by inviting Netflix into the paddock.

Yes, Drive to Survive ended up being exactly what F1 needed in order to attain worldwide fame. The first couple of seasons were fairly interesting, attracting more audiences but then arrived the third season which raised a few contradictions.

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Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton crash out of the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

There were fake rivalries sprinkled throughout the season in a bid to make it further entertaining for the viewers.

But, it did not go down well with Max Verstappen. The Dutchman consequently announced that he would bow out of the DTS team, as the series lacked realism and facts, rather focused on non-existent stories.

Well, Ecclestone is all in for Verstappen’s point of view. The 91-year-old Briton revealed that he hasn’t watched a single episode of Drive to Survive yet.

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Ass reported by Motorsport, Ecclestone acknowledged that he is more of a ‘realistic guy’ which is one of the reasons why he has remained distant from Netflix’s Drive to Survive.

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I’m a realistic guy and I know that won’t be very real. I know how a lot of these guys think and act. And when I see things getting completely wrong, then I might end up getting a little angry, like Max,” the former F1 Chief Executive said.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen walks around the circuit ahead of the race REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

One can certainly understand Verstappen’s concerns. Look at season 3 of DTS; they managed to create a rivalry between Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz out of nothing. Hence, one can only imagine how Netflix would portray the rivalry between Verstappen and Hamilton.

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The two have already caused one too many incidents this season, with a few being a tad too intense. And Netflix will be itching to make a story out of it, which could well place the Dutchman under a bad light. So, let’s hear it from you. Do you think Verstappen and Ecclestone are right to accuse Netflix?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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