Drive to Survive Season 3: F1 Insider Confirms Disappointing News for Max Verstappen Fans

Published 03/13/2021, 8:50 AM EST
MONTMELO, SPAIN: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive in the garage during day one of F1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Catalunya on February 18, 2019 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Netflix’s F1 series, Drive to Survive, has us on the edge of our seats. Streaming just before the new season begins, it acts as the perfect precursor for the fans. We are all waiting to get a sneak-peek of the drivers like Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton beyond the racing tracks.

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However, those two have never prominently featured in the series, especially Max. WTF1’s Matt Gallagher has been generating significant buzz for watching the series ahead of its release on March 19, 2021.

MONTMELO, SPAIN: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing talks with his father Jos Verstappen in the garage during day three of F1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

So, he was on hand to reveal the roles, different teams, drivers and Team Principals played in it. Unfortunately for Max‘s ardent fan base, he had some disappointing news.

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“He wasn’t in it really at all this year. Obviously, they show him on track and things like that, but no, Max doesn’t feature.

“I don’t think he really wanted to feature this season by the looks of things. Even though Red Bull was quite a bit at the forefront of a couple of episodes. You know, talking about the Mercedes rivalry, but Max really wasn’t part of the show, which was a shame.”

Max Verstappen is not a huge fan of Netflix’s F1 series

From the inner circle of F1, it faces the accusations of being scripted. Indeed, for television purposes, the crew adds an element of sensationalism to create more drama. While fans enjoy them, the drivers do not cherish the sometimes wrongful portrayal of events.

It set off Max once as he revealed on a local Dutch TV show that he doesn’t like the show at all.

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Giving his reason behind the same, he said, “I didn’t like that at all. Because a lot of it is fake. I know what I talked about with my engineers. Some of the things I said in Australia or in Austria, they used for another Grand Prix to make it more exciting. That’s not OK. That’s just sensationalism.”

Understandably, the top drivers tend to stay away from it. However, it once contributed to Esteban Ocon’s signing with Renault. So, not all too bad!

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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